KRT Hearings to Be Halted Again

Proceedings in the second phase of Case 002 at the Khmer Rouge tribunal will be delayed once again, as the Trial Chamber announced Monday it would adjourn this week until November 30 to allow parties to prepare for upcoming appeal hearings, which begin on November 16.

In the first tribunal hearing after a two-week break, Kong Sam Onn, a defense lawyer for Khieu Samphan, requested an adjournment to allow his team more time to prepare for the appeal hearings against his client’s life sentence.

Both Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea were found guilty of crimes against humanity in the first phase of the case last year.

After judges discussed the request during a closed session Monday, Trial Chamber President Nil Nonn announced that proceedings would be adjourned later this week after the next two witnesses were done testifying.

A witness is currently giving evidence about the Trapaing Thmar dam in a closed session, because his testimony is related to investigations into Case 004.

The Trial Chamber on October 20 issued a memorandum prohibiting the public identification of a Case 003 or 004 interviewee.

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