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KR tribunal documents could be made public

Judges at the Khmer Rouge tribunal will be reviewing con­fi­­dential documents from Case 001 with a view to “de-clas­sify­” the material and make it pub­lic, according to a recent Su­­p­reme Court Chamber decision.

“Con­­­­fi­den­­­­­­tial” and “strictly con­fidential” documents in­­clu­ding those gen­erated during the inves­ti­ga­­­tion phase of the tribunal’s land­mark first case against former S-21 de­­tention centre chief, Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, are up for consid­er­­­ation by the Sup­reme Court Cham­ber judges.

International lead civil party co-lawyer Elisa­beth Sim­on­neau Fort told the Post that the de-classification of doc­u­­ments is an important way to bring issues into public de­­bate.

Civil party lawyers requested de-clas­­­sifi­ca­tion of two Case 002 investi­ga­tion documents, which were made public and posted to the tribunal’s official website on Tuesday.

The now-public doc­uments concern the treat­ment of the Vietnamese under the Khmer Rouge.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bridget Di Certo at



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