First weeks of Duch trial will confront M-13 prison, establishment of S-21

schedule for the trial of "Comrade Duch" gives a sense of the issues that will be covered throughout the initial few weeks of proceedings. " />

First weeks of Duch trial will confront M-13 prison, establishment of S-21

A recently-posted schedule for the trial of "Comrade Duch" gives a sense of the issues that will be covered throughout the initial few weeks of proceedings. During the first three days of substantive hearings, March 30 to April 1, the Trial Chamber anticipates that Duch will be informed of the charges against him, Co-Prosecutors will make opening statements and the defense will have the opportunity to respond. Duch will also have a chance to comment on the charges against him.

The following week, April 6 to 9, the Trial Chamber will first question Duch, and then witnesses, about M-13, Duch's first prison.

After a week-long break for Khmer New Year, court will reconvene April 20. The Trial Chamber will subsequently address issues relating to the establishment of S-21 and CPK policy.

While I'm sure this schedule is tentative -- a number of unexpected issues can arise during the course of a trial -- I still find it useful to have a general idea of how judges expect the proceedings to unfold.

* Pictured: Duch confers with his lawyer during a recent hearing. Photo courtesy of the ECCC website.

MOST VIEWED

  • Rainsy will return at ‘favourable time’

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Saturday suggested he would not return to Cambodia as he had previously promised, saying that like liberators King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Charles de Gaulle, he would only do so at a “favourable time”. “I will go back to Cambodia

  • Temi tourism project approved by the CDC

    The $500.4 million Tourism, Ecological, Marine and International (Temi) tourism project has been approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), according to a notice on its Facebook page on Monday. The project is part of Chinese-owned Union City Development Group Co Ltd’s (

  • US Embassy urged to stop ‘disrespecting sovereignty’

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called on the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Saturday to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after it called former opposition leader Kem Sokha “an innocent man” – a move deemed to be “disrespecting Cambodia’s

  • NagaWorld casino sees net profit of more than $390M last year

    Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino posted a 53 per cent net profit increase last year at $390.6 million, a sum which is almost equal to the combined net profit of all Cambodian commercial banks in 2017. NagaWorld’s parent company, NagaCorp Ltd, is listed on the Hong Kong