The pre-trial chamber of the UN-backed Khmer Rouge Tribunal has set June 19 to 21 for the appeal hearing of case 004/2 against former senior cadre Ao An.
Neth Pheaktra, the court’s spokesman, yesterday said that the notification of the hearing has been sent out to all parties for their participation, including the defence team and the accused.
The national and the international co-prosecutors, and the national and international defence lawyers, will be given the floor to present their arguments. The accused, if present, shall be given the opportunity to make a personal statement at the end of the hearing.
Mr An was charged in March 2015 with premeditated homicide and crimes against humanity and on March 14, 2016, he was charged with additional crimes, including genocide.
In August 2018, the co-investigating judges issued separate closing orders against him. The national co-investigating judge issued a dismissal of the case, finding that Mr An did not fall within the personal jurisdiction of the court.
The international co-investigating judge indicted him for genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the 1956 Cambodian Penal Code.
“The pre-trial chamber has decided that a hearing will be held in case 004/2 to hear the arguments of the parties before it issues its decision on the appeals,” a court statement read.
Three of the regime’s leaders have been sentenced to life imprisonment by the court; they are Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch who commanded the S-21, former head of state Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea, former deputy secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea.
Mam Luch, defence lawyer for Mr An, could not be reached for comment yesterday.