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Prosecutors detail docs at KRT hearing

Prosecutors at the Khmer Rouge tribunal gave details about “publications” of the Communist Party of Kampuchea yesterday, in response to defence objections to items on the prosecution’s document list for Case 002.

The prosecution used an electronic presentation to pinpoint characteristics of documents they categorised as “CPK publications and directives”.

In court, senior assistant co-prosecutor Veng Huot detailed similarities among editions of magazines Revolutionary Flag and Revolutionary Youth, as well as characteristics present in both publications.

“Topics discussed in both ... publications are known CPK discipline, strategic policy lines, economic production, security and military activities,” he said, listing common phrases such as “class struggle”, “smash”, “enemies” and “CIA spies”.

During recent evidence hearings, former Khmer Rouge Brother Number Two Nuon Chea questioned the authenticity of copies of the magazines presented to him, requesting to see the originals.

In objections to documents described as “CPK meeting minutes” yesterday, co-defence counsel for former Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary, Michael Karnavas, again stated that prosecutors were “testifying” to the validity of documents. “The practice that is generally used in the international tribunals ... is that you bring in a witness,” he said.

Co-defence counsel for former Khmer Rouge nominal head of state Khieu Samphan, Kong Sam Onn, requested that custodians of certain documents on the prosecution’s list be summoned for questioning.

Michiel Pestman, co-defence counsel for Nuon Chea, suggested that some documents included in the prosecution’s list were irrelevant to the first “mini-trial” of Case 002, which is focusing on charges relating to the forced movement of the population from Phnom Penh and other urban centres during the regime.

Trial Chamber President Nil Nonn confirmed that a representative from the Documentation Centre of Cambodia would appear in court on Monday to testify about documents obtained by the organisation.

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