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Defense lawyers allege stealing, bias and political interference at court

In a mini-scandal the Post has dubbed "Waterlilygate," defense attorneys for Nuon Chea are claiming they found a confidential document from their office floating in a lily pond outside the Khmer Rouge tribunal.

Lawyer Michiel Pestman told reporters Thursday that he believed the document had been stolen from the defense team's office. I was not able to attend the press conference where these allegations were made, but you can read the Post article here.

"We have no explanation," he said. "What we do know is that the documents should have been shredded. They were not, and they were most probably stolen from our office."

Apparently the document was a letter to recently-appointed Victim's Unit head Helen Jarvis. Pestman said it raised concerns about a 2006 open letter from the Leninist Party Faction that Jarvis had signed.

In the letter, Pestman said Jarvis appears to take "the position that as a member of that particular faction she does not have to obey the rule of law."

Nuon Chea's lawyers also reiterated at the press conference that they had been "reliably informed" national Co-Prosecutor Chea Leang has been directed by the government to obstruct additional prosecutions.

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