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ECCC Prepares for Khmer Rouge Trial Verdicts

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Nuon Chea during the last day of closing statements in Case 002/01 (Photo: ECCC Photo/Mark Peters)

PHNOM PENH, August 6, (Khmer Times) – On Thursday, August 7, the verdict will be rendered for defendants in the Khmer Rouge trial Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea, who are facing charges of having committed acts of genocide while holding lead positions within the Khmer Rouge.
Mr. Khieu, age 83, and Mr. Nuon, age 88, were arrested two months apart in the fall of 2007.  Each had held high level positions in the Khmer Rouge in the early 1970s, including Khieu who succeeded Pol Pot after he retired in 1987.  
At today’s press briefing, Lars Olsen, spokesperson for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), answered questions about the logistics of Thursday. The procedure for announcing the verdict will begin at 9:00 and is expected to last about two hours.
If convicted, the defendants could be liable for moral and collective reparations. The reparations involve paying about US$770,000 for 13 projects including a National Day of Remembrance and the construction of public memorials for Khmer Rouge victims.
Though many who have followed the ongoing trial are expecting a guilty verdict for both defendants, each have pleaded not guilty and requested an acquittal. The co-prosecutors however, have called for a sentence of life imprisonment for both men.  
Mr. Olsen also briefly spoke about the trial Judge Cartwright’s resignation this coming September.  Claudia Fence is the reserve judge and a request of appointment will be made to Prime Minister Hun Sen. 
The case began with opening statements back in November 2011 and concluded with closing statements in October of last year.

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