The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) wishes to inform representatives of media that the following oral order was issued on 19 February 2015 by Trial Chamber President Nil Nonn:“The Chamber has granted protective measures for witness 2-TCW-944, including non-disclosure of his address and not making his image available to the public. In covering this trial, the media are ordered not to publish any photographs or images of the witness, regardless of when they were taken.”
A number of witness statements from Case 004 relevant to Case 002/02 were disclosed by the Co-Prosecutors on 16, 17 and 18 February 2015. In order to give the Parties time to review the recently disclosed documents, the following changes have been made to the trial schedule in Case 002/02:
The 11th ECCC Plenary Session, which concluded on 16 January 2015, adopted a number of amendments to the Internal Rules. Revision 9 of the ECCC's Internal Rules, which contain these amendments, were today placed on the ECCC website. In accordance with Rule 1(1) of the ECCC Internal Rules, these revised Rules are now in effect.Courtesy copies of all three language versions of the revised Rules are available on the ECCC website as follows:
The Government of Japan has made a new contribution of US$1,385,567 to the international component of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Japan is the largest donor to the ECCC, and with this recent contribution, Japan has provided final assistance exceeding of US$82 million, representing approximately 36 per cent of the total contributions to the court.
The 11th Plenary Session of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) concluded this afternoon, having been reconvened after an adjournment on 16 October 2014.
The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has been informed by the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital that Khieu Samphan will not be discharged from the hospital before 15 January 2015. Consequently, the trial hearing scheduled for that day has been cancelled.
On 19 December 2014, the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) issued an order, referring the misconduct of Khieu Samphan’s national Co-Lawyer Kong Sam Onn to the President of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and referring the misconduct of foreign Co-Lawyers Arthur Vercken and Anta Guisse to the President of the Paris Bar Association and the Prosecutor General of the Paris Appeal Court.
The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has denied a request from the Co-Prosecutors to appoint an amicus curiae counsel on a temporary basis, and has ordered the Defence Support Section to appoint one international and one national Court Appointed Standby Counsel for Khieu Samphan.
Media reports indicate that questions have arisen at recent court outreach events concerning whether there will be more cases at the ECCC after Cases 003 and 004. The International Co-Prosecutor, Nicholas Koumjian, reiterates that the consistent policy of his office remains as first announced by his predecessor on 8 September 2009: no further cases will be submitted to the Co-Investigating Judges.
9 districts in Oddar Meancheay, Battambang and Pailin, all located in former Khmer Rouge strongholds, were visited by representatives from the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges and the Public Affairs Section between 12 and 22 November 2014. In close co-operation with the respective District Governors, the ECCC organized nine public forums in Anlong Veng, Trapeang Prasat, Banteay Ampil, Samlaut, Pailin, Sala Krau, Sampov Lun, Phnim Proek and Kamrieng. Each forum was attended by an average of 300 people who came to learn more about the ongoing court proceedings.
The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has adjourned trial hearings in Case 002/02 until 09:00 on 8 January 2015. The adjournment is a consequence of the continued refusal of counsel for Khieu Samphan to participate in the proceedings in Case 002/02 before 29 December 2014, when the brief on Khieu Samphan’s appeal in Case 002/01 is due.
The November issue of the Court Report features stories of the postponement of evidence hearing as Khieu Samphan Defence team fails to appear in court; it also covers the dismissed disqualification motions of the current bench of Trial Chamber judges in case 002/02. In addition the file of Supplementary submission in case 003 is also placed in this issue, together with judicial updates of each section.
ECCC Internal Rule 54 requires that any Introductory or Supplementary submission by the Co-Prosecutors shall be confidential documents. It provides however that the Co-Prosecutors “may provide the public with an objective summary of the information contained in such submissions.” Accordingly, taking into consideration the interests, security and privacy of victims and witnesses, the rights of suspects who are entitled to the presumption of innocence, and the requirement of rules that the investigation shall be confidential, the International Co-Prosecutor provides the following information.
The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has ordered the parties in Case 002/02 to appear at evidence hearings starting from 17 November 2014. The Chamber has also put the KHIEU Samphan and NUON Chea Defence on notice that it will take firm action should either fail to abide by the order to appear in court.
The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has decided to make public the video recording of the morning session of the Trial Management Meeting in Case 002/02 that was held on 28 October 2014.
Counsel for Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea warned for misconduct and ordered to appear at Trial Management Meeting
The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has, pursuant to Internal Rule 38, issued an official warning for misconduct to the national and international defence counsel for Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea.
The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has decided to make public the video recording of one segment of the Trial Management Meeting in Case 002/02 that was held on 21 October 2014. The segment made public relates to a discussion on the resources made available to the Defence teams for Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea.
The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) will commence the hearing on substance in Case 002/02 against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan on 17 October 2014 at 09:00 in the Main Courtroom of the ECCC. The Co-Prosecutors will be afforded an opportunity to make a brief opening statement and the Accused and/or their lawyers may respond briefly, before the first witness will be called to testify on Monday 20 October.
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) will hold its 11th Plenary Session on 16 October 2014. The 11th Plenary Session will discuss proposed amendments to four Internal Rules recommended by the Rules and Procedures Committee on the basis of proposals by Office of Co-Prosecutors and Victims Support Section. During this plenary, Judge Martin Karopkin, will be sworn in as Reserve International Judge of the Trial Chamber and Mr. Oliviar Beauvallet will be sworn in as Reserve International Co-Investigating Judge.
On Monday, 06 October 2014, the Victims Support Section (VSS) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) will hold a meeting between the Civil Parties and Civil Party Lawyers in Case 002. The meeting will be presided over by H.E. Kranh Tony, Acting Director of the Administration Office of the ECCC, and H.E. Joachim Baron von Marschall, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Cambodia. It is scheduled to take place at Phnom Penh Ecumenical Diakonia Center; located at No. 19-21, St. 330, Sangkat Boeng Keng Kang III, Khan Chamkar Morn, Phnom Penh.
Following the nomination by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the approval by the Supreme Council of the Magistracy, His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni has appointed Mr. Martin Karopkin (USA) as a new international reserve judge to serve in the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). He replaces Judge Claudia Fenz (Austria) who was appointed as an international judge in the Trial Chamber effective from 1 September 2014.
The Trial Chamber has announced that evidentiary hearings in Case 002/02 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea will commence on 17 October 2014 at 09:00. The Co-Prosecutors will be allowed to make a brief opening statement and the Accused will be given an oppurtunity to respond,before the first witness will be called to testify on Monday 20 October.
The Trial Chamber has issued a Decision on Sequencing of Trial Proceedings in case 002/02. Following this decision, the first sequence to be heard during trial will be the charges related to the Tram Kok Cooperatives, including the Treatment of Buddhists, and the related Kraing Ta Chan Security Centre.The following sequencing has been ordered by the Trial Chamber:A. Cooperatives:a) Tram Kok Cooperatives, including the Treatment of Buddhists, and the related Kraing Ta Chan Security Centre;B. Worksites:
The Government of Chile has announced a contribution of US$10,000 to the national component of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC). Chile is a new donor to the ECCC, and made this contribution in response to an appeal by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and the Royal Government of Cambodia to all member States to come forward urgently with pledges of financial support to the ECCC.
The Supreme Court Chamber has partially granted a request from the Defence of Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea by extending the deadline for filing a notice of appeal against the Trial Judgement in Case 002/01 from 8 September to 29 September 2014. The Defence teams had requested that the deadline be extended to 20 October 2014.