Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Appeals to resume in February at KRT



Appeals to resume in February at KRT

Khieu Samphan appears at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal during the first day of appeal hearings last month.
Khieu Samphan appears at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal during the first day of appeal hearings last month. ECCC

Appeals to resume in February at KRT

The Khmer Rouge tribunal has set a new date for the resumption of appeal hearings in Case 002/01 following a contentious walkout by defence lawyers for appellant Nuon Chea on November 17.

According to a court document released last week, the Supreme Court Chamber has set February 16 for the resumption of the appeals of Chea and his co-defendant, Khieu Samphan, both of whom were convicted of crimes against humanity in August of 2014.

In addition, the court appointed Phat Pouv Seang as national standby counsel for Chea on December 16 for a term of three months. Seang’s role, according to the document, is to provide legal counsel if Chea’s lawyers are once again absent from the courtroom.

However, the filing goes on to make it explicit that Seang “shall not consult with, or take direction from, Nuon Chea, unless so ordered by this Chamber”.

Meanwhile, in a redacted document dated December 23, the court’s pretrial chamber dismissed a request by defenders Ang Udom and Michael Karnavas – who represent Case 003 suspect Meas Muth – to annul investigative actions taken by former investigating judge Mark Harmon.

To pass, the request required four votes in favour. However, in spite of the three national judges voting in favour of annulling the findings of the investigation, the two international judges found the investigation admissible.

The tribunal’s national side has routinely resisted pursuing the cases against Muth and the other suspects in Cases 003 and 004, which have been vocally opposed by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

MOST VIEWED

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia to make auto-rickshaws

    Locally-assembled electric auto-rickshaws could hit the Cambodian market as soon as early in May after the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) gave the greenlight to an investment project at the weekend. According to a CDC press release, it will issue a final registration