Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Khieu Samphan holds firm on boycott

Khieu Samphan holds firm on boycott

Khieu Samphan holds firm on boycott

Khmer Rouge tribunal defendant Khieu Samphan yesterday refused to end his boycott of hearings in Case 002/02, calling the trial chamber on its promise to take “further measures” – including appointing new counsel – to ensure the trial can proceed, his lawyer said.

According to Samphan defender Kong Sam Onn, his client “is still maintaining his position” that it is impossible for him and his counsel to fully participate in both hearings in Case 002/02 and in the drafting of an appeal in Case 002/01, for which Samphan and co-defendant Nuon Chea received life sentences.

The team has said it will return to court by December 29.

In a hearing on Monday, the trial chamber said it may appoint outside counsel to represent Samphan in the interim or reclassify his current attorneys, obliging them to take direction from the court, not Samphan. But Sam Onn said it would be “impossible for us to accept this appointment”.

Court spokesman Lars Olsen said he could not confirm Samphan’s decision.

MOST VIEWED

  • Massive stingrays may live in Mekong’s deep pools

    US scientists have suggested that unexplored deep pools in the Mekong River in an area of Stung Treng could potentially be home to significant populations of giant freshwater stingrays, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. This comes as a fisherman hooked a 180

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM takes time to meet, greet Cambodians living in the US

    After landing in the US ahead of the ASEAN-US Special Summit, Prime Minister Hun Sen was received by over 1,000 Cambodian-Americans including political analysts who welcomed him with greetings, fist bumps and selfies. Hun Sen also met with analyst Mak Hoeun, who had allegedly spoken ill

  • Khmer cinema classics back on big screen for free at WB Arena’s outdoor movies series

    On a recent Saturday evening at WB Arena, Bunsong was enjoying a tasty BBQ meal with his family after work on the long tables that had been arranged out in front of the restaurant as they watched a Khmer action movie on a big outdoor

  • PM heads to Washington for ASEAN-US special summit

    Regional and international issues and how to bring the ASEAN-US partnership to another level will be discussed at length as Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ministers arrive in Washington, DC, for a special summit on May 12-13. During the trip, Hun Sen and ASEAN

  • National Assembly refutes EU resolution

    The National Assembly (NA) has hit back at a European Parliament resolution condemning the political and human rights situation in Cambodia, calling it another display of the Parliament’s “double standards”. Key points of the resolution include a warning that the Parliament could exclude the