Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Warning for KRT accused

Warning for KRT accused

Warning for KRT accused

The Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s trial chamber has formally warned Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan’s defence lawyers that their boycott of the Case 002/02 trial “amounts to an obstruction of proceedings”.

The missive, released yesterday, came after the prosecution requested that the chamber appoint temporary lawyers to represent the accused while the boycott continues or until the defence lawyers are disqualified “on grounds of continuing misconduct”.

During Case 002/02 opening statements last Friday, Samphan and Chea announced that they had asked their lawyers to boycott the trial unless hearings were postponed, following which the defence teams left the courtroom.

Chea has pledged his team’s boycott will continue until a decision is made on a motion that the tribunal’s judges be disqualified. Samphan wants his team to focus on his Case 002/01 appeal, instead of attending hearings in the current case.

A Trial Management Meeting (TMM) was scheduled on Tuesday but the defence teams “failed to either appear or provide any valid justification for their absence, in violation of a direct order of the Trial Chamber,” yesterday’s notice says.

The teams have received an “official warning of misconduct”.

Samphan lawyer Arthur Vercken yesterday said he was “furious” about the way the judges were acting. He also contested the use of the term “boycott”.

“We are not rotten kids with too many toys who don’t care about our parents’ orders. We are not boycotting, we just have no choice … we are defending Khieu Samphan and he has the right to prepare his [appeal],” he said.

Nuon Chea lawyer Son Arun declined to comment.

The defence teams have been ordered to appear at another TMM on Tuesday, while trial hearings scheduled for Monday have been cancelled.


  • 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