Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Khieu Samphan to return to court soon

Khieu Samphan to return to court soon

Khieu Samphan to return to court soon


The Trial Chamber expects co-accused Khieu Samphan to be discharged from hospital over the weekend, president Nil Nonn said at the Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday.

Nonn made this announcement after Khieu Samphan’s co-counsel Anta Guissé – who apparently did not share the judges’ understanding of her client’s status – asked why the Chamber was not considering Samphan’s health in planning proceedings for next week.

“I’d like to know whether the situation of my client is also taken into account,” Guissé said. “I am not sure that my client will be able to attend next week’s hearings.”

Nonn had said next week’s schedule – a new witness on Monday, followed by more document hearings – was “tentative”, depending on the health of Khmer Rouge Brother Number Two Nuon Chea, who has remained in the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital since he was admitted with acute bronchitis on January 13.

Judge Silvia Cartwright asked the Nuon Chea team to inform the Trial Chamber as soon as possible regarding Nuon Chea’s health and willingness to waive his right to be present for the pencilled-in witness’s testimony.

But Nuon Chea’s defence counsel, Son Arun, said after court yesterday that Nuon Chea, who the doctor has said should remain in hospital for about a week more, would not waive his right to be present for the witness, whose testimony would be “important for him,” so it was unlikely that hearings would take place on Monday.

Michael Karnavas, defence counsel for former foreign minister Ieng Sary, also reiterated concerns about his client’s ability to follow proceedings.

Karnavas and Guissé also questioned the credibility of several documents presented by the prosecution and civil parties, with Karnavas calling some “hearsay from hearsay”.

The documents had included reports of massive population transfers, starvation and rapes by Khmer Rouge soldiers.

To contact the reporter on this story: Justine Drennan at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group