KRT Prosecutors Suggest Scope for Next Phase

Prosecutors at the Khmer Rouge tribunal told the Trial Chamber on Friday that it was standing by its original proposal for what alleged crimes should be prosecuted it the second phase of the trial against defendants Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, including the notorious S-21 prison and Choeung Ek killing fields.

Hearings in the first phase of the trial, which focused primarily on the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh by the Khmer Rouge in 1975, wrapped up last year and a verdict is expected in the next few months.

The prosecution’s suggestions for the second phase, which does not yet have a start date, follows the Trial Chamber’s request for proposals last month from all parties, including the two defense teams.

In its official reply, the prosecution says its recommendations are the same as those it made in early December.

Besides S-21 and Choeung Ek in Phnom Penh, they recommended the second phase include the treatment of Vietnamese, ethnic Cham and Buddhists, forced marriage, the Tram Kok cooperative and the Kraing Ta Chan security center, both in Takeo province.

They also recommended it include the January 1 dam worksite in Kompong Thom province, an airport construction site Kompong Chhnang province, and the Au Kanseng and Phnom Kraol security centers.

All parties will have a chance to discuss the issue in court on February 11.

The trial was split into phases in order to issue a verdict for the elderly and ailing defendants as soon as possible. One of the original defendants, Ieng Sary, died last year. His wife, Ieng Thirith, was severed from the trial and released after being diagnosed with dementia.

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