Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Parties seek additional docs at KRT

Parties seek additional docs at KRT

Attendees in the public gallery watch proceedings at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in Phnom Penh late last month. ECCC
Attendees in the public gallery watch proceedings at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in Phnom Penh late last month. ECCC

Parties seek additional docs at KRT

In a brief open session at the Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday, judges heard arguments about the admissibility of certain documents pertaining to forced marriage, among them thousands of transcribed interviews.

Defence teams for Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea requested the additional documents on the grounds that they would help to contextualise the charge of forced marriage and would support the testimony of an upcoming expert witness, listed as 2-TCE-82.

The two defendants, both former leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, are on trial for crimes against humanity and genocide. The tribunal has recently heard testimony related to the charge of forced marriage.

Among the documents the defence teams asked to be admitted were 2,200 interviews, many of them in Khmer.

Deputy co-prosecutor William Smith argued that the defence’s request was untimely and unreasonable.

Between the need to analyse the documents, translate the interviews and redact sensitive information, Smith said, it would not be possible to prepare in time for the relevant testimony.

The court has not yet ruled on the application.

Also yesterday, lawyers for the civil parties told the court they would appeal its decision not to hear rape accusations outside of the context of forced marriage.

The tribunal then went into a closed session in order to hear testimony from witness 2-TCW-1005. The session was closed due to the witness’s role in ongoing investigations.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all