Khmer Rouge tribunal’s Case 002/02 concluded
The Khmer Rouge tribunal announced yesterday that the hearing in Case 002/02, involving two of the Khmer Rouge regime’s most senior surviving leaders, had been completed with closing statements scheduled for June 5.
The trial chamber set April 24 as the deadline for closing briefs, while final claims for reparations are due on May 22.
Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan stand accused of crimes against humanity, genocide and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions.
“The chamber sat for 274 hearing days in Case 002/02 and heard the testimony of 114 witnesses, 63 civil parties and eight experts,” the tribunal’s statement read.
“In addition, the chamber provided the parties an opportunity to present key documentary evidence related to each trial topic and heard the initial specification of the civil party lead co-lawyers’ requests for reparations.”
Case 002 against Mr. Chea and Mr. Samphan was split into a series of smaller trials, Case 002/01 and Case 002/02, in a bid to deliver “timely justice.” There were two other defendants named in the case, Ieng Sary and Ieng Thirith, but the former died in 2013 and the latter died last year.
In Case 002/02, Mr. Chea and Mr. Samphan face charges of genocide against the Cham ethnic minority and the Vietnamese, forced marriages and rape as well as internal purges, among others.
This comes after the tribunal’s Supreme Court upheld life sentences for the pair in November after they were found guilty of crimes against humanity over the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh in 1975.
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