KRT Appeal to Resume In February

The Khmer Rouge tribunal an­nounced on Wednesday that a stand­by lawyer for Nuon Chea would be present in the courtroom when hearings re­sume in Feb­ru­ary.

The appeal hearings, which will restart on February 16, come after Nuon Chea’s international co-law­yer, Vic­tor Koppe, pro­tested court proceedings by failing to appear before the Supreme Court Cham­ber in No­vember for the appeal against the guilty verdict for crimes against hu­manity handed to his client in Au­gust last year.

His na­tional co-lawyer, Son Arun, in­itially appeared, but later exited the room at the re­quest of his client. Wednes­day’s statement, signed by Kong Srim, president of the Supreme Court Chamber, stated that Phat Pouv Seang, was on De­cember 16 ap­pointed standby counsel for three months, initially.

Mr. Pouv Seang is a former defense counsel for the regime’s late “first lady” Ieng Thirith.

“The role of the Stand­by Co-Lawyer for Nuon Chea will not be that of replacing Nuon Chea’s chosen lawyers, but rather that of providing proper legal assistance to Nuon Chea during the hear­ing should his chosen Co-Lawyers fail to be present in the courtroom,” it said.

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