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Sarah Thomas. A member of the Victim Participation Project team, Thomas wrote that the court's refusal to let Seng speak during a pre-trial appeal lodged by Ieng Sary, "clearly leaves unrepresented civil parties without a voice in the proceedings." She requested that judges allow other civil parties to file briefs responding to Seng's appeal. At least eight civil parties in the Victim Participation Project are interested in being joined to the case of Comrade Duch, she wrote, and since none currently have legal representation, the judges' previous decision would bar them from speaking on pre-trial appeals. " />

Deadline for input on civil party participation extended

"Recognising the potential impact of its decision on the Application on as yet unrepresented Civil Parties, the Pre-Trial Chamber finds that it would be in the interests of justice in these cirumstances to open up the opportunity to respond to the Application," the judges wrote Monday in response to Thomas' letter.

This issue with civil party participation arose after Seng tried, unsuccessfully, to address the court during Sary's hearing earlier this month.     




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