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State of Qatar contributes US$ 20,000 to ECCC

The State of Qatar has announced a contribution of US$ 20,000 to the national side of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC). In a letter announcing the new contribution, the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations expressed that the contribution is made in  response to the appeal made by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to all member States to come forwards urgently with pledges of financial support to the ECCC.

Meaningful reparation for Khmer Rouge victims

Wide ranging support has been secured for the Civil Parties’ requested reparation projects in Case 002/01, but there remains a funding gap and, consequently, various opportunities still exist for potential donors to engage in the realization of these projects, which will benefit the victims of the Democratic Kampuchea regime from 1975-1979.

Statement by Elisabeth Simonneau-Fort, International Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyer

I would like to inform you that, at the end of May 2014, I will resign from my post at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia  (ECCC). At this stage, I would also like to emphasize that it has been an honour to introduce the Lead Co-Lawyers scheme of Civil Party participation and representation in international justice. I will not take in charge Case 002/02 for personal and professional reasons. During the last months, I have continued to exercise my role as the international Lead Co-Lawyer on behalf of Civil Parties from France and pro bono.

Ms. Suzana Tomanović assigned as foreign Co-Lawyer to represent a suspect in Case 004

The Defence Support Section (“DSS”) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (“ECCC”) has assigned Ms. Suzana Tomanović as the Foreign Co-Lawyer to represent a Suspect named in the Third Introductory Submission filed by the International Co-Prosecutor to the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges on 7 September 2009. The Third Introductory Submission is part of the Case File in Case 004. The identity of any Suspect named in the Third Introductory Submission remains confidential.

The Court Report for February 2014 issued

The February issue of the Court Report features articles on the visit of a UN high-level delegation reassuring the UN’s support, judicial proposals on the scope of trial in Case 002/02 against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, and financial pledges by the governments of Cambodia and the United Kingdom. The latest issue also presents a review of various outreach activities conducted by the ECCC and NGO partners. As usual, a summary of judicial updates is also included. 

Adversarial hearing in advance of Case 002/02 evidentiary hearings to be held on 11 February 2014

The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has scheduled an adversarial hearing at 09:00 on Tuesday 11 February 2014, to hear oral arguments on the scope of Case 002/02 and on the Khieu Samphan Defence Team’s request that Case 002/01 should be finally adjudicated before the evidentiary hearing in Case 002/02 commences. Should the hearing not conclude on 11 February 2014 as planned, it will continue on the following day.

UN Legal Counsel and Controller visit ECCC

Addressing to both international staff and their Cambodian counterparts at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on 28 January, visiting Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares assured that the United Nations is committed to support the tribunal to fight impunity for the Khmer Rouge crimes.

The Court Report for January 2014 issued

The January issue of the Court Report features articles on the recommendation of the Trial Chamber's president not to establish another panel for the second trial in Case 002, the chamber's workplan for the preparation of the second trial and the prosecutors' proposal concerning the second trial's scope. The latest issue also presents a review of the key events of 2013, various outreach activities conducted by the ECCC and NGO partners. As usual, a summary of judicial updates is also included. 

Trial Chamber outlines way forward in Case 002/02

The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia today issued a memo informing the parties to Case 002 of the next steps in the second phase of that trial. The memo, accompanied by a workplan highlighting the major stages and activities necessary prior to the commencement of the substantive hearing in Case 002/02, follows closely on last week’s decision of the Trial Chamber President not to establish a second panel to hear this phase of the case.

Case 002/02 to be heard by the current Trial Chamber panel

The President of the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia today issued a memo informing the Director of the Office of Administration that he is not recommending the appointment of a second Trial Chamber panel to hear the remaining charges in the second phase of Case 002.This follows on a recommendation from the Supreme Court Chamber that the President “avail himself of the existing possibilities” to form a second panel to try Case 002/02 with a view to expediting proceedings, which was discussed during last week’s Trial Management Meeting.

Mr. Bit Seanglim and Mr.So Mosseny assigned as defence counsel to represent two suspects in Case 004

The Defence Support Section (“DSS”) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (“ECCC”) has assigned Mr. Bit Seanglim and, separately, Mr. So Mosseny, as the Cambodian Co-Lawyers to represent two different Suspects named in the Third Introductory Submission submitted by the International Co-Prosecutor to the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges on 7 September 2009. The Third Introductory Submission is part of the Case File in Case 004.The identity of any Suspect named in the Third Introductory Submission remains confidential.

The Court Report for December 2013 issued

The December issue of the Court Report features an article on the Supreme Court Chamber’s decision that claims for a prompt start of the second trial in Case 002 as well as an article on the preparations for the trial management meeting. The latest issue also presents a review of the statistics on the media coverage and public visitors to the ECCC during the closing statements of Case 002/01 in October.This month’s report includes a summary of the judicial updates, court decisions and outreach activities undertaken by the ECCC and its NGO partners in November. 

Nicholas Koumjian appointed as new international Co-Prosecutor

Following the nomination by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and the approval by the Supreme Council of the Magistracy, His Majesty the King Norodom Sihamoni has appointed Mr. Nicholas Koumijian (USA) as new international Co-Prosecutor in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

Trial Chamber to conevene a trial management meeting in Case 002/02

The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) will convene a trial management meeting in Case 002/02 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea on Wednesday 11 December 2013 at 09:00.  The meeting will continue on Thursday 12 December, and if necessary also on Friday 13 December.The Trial Chamber has notified the parties that the following topics will be discussed during the meeting:

The Court Report for November 2013 issued

The November issue of the Court Report presents an overview of the Closing Statements for Case 002/01, including the visitors' reactions to the hearings. The latest issue also discusses the swearing-in of Mr. Steven J. Bwana, reserve Judge in the Pre-Trial Chamber, and new pledges to the court from Japan, U.K and Cambodia.

Closing statements conclude in Case 002/01

The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) concluded 10 days of closing statements in Case 002/01 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea on 31 October 2013. The Chamber will now withdraw for deliberations, and a judgment in this case is expected in the first half of 2014.

Court Report for October 2013 Issued

The October issue of the Court Report features an article on preparations of media outreach for the Closing Statements for Case 002 as well as an article on the end of the strike by national ECCC staff. This issue also discusses the resignation of International Co-Prosecutor Andrew Cayley and subsequent nomination of reserve International Co-Prosecutor Nicholas Koumjian to the post.

Registration for Case 002/01 closing statements

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has begun pre-registration for public and media attendance for the Closing Statements in Case 002/01 concerning the accused persons Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan.The Closing Statements are scheduled to commence on Wednesday 16 October and continue every day except public holidays during the latter half of the month (16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30 and 31 October) where the parties will make their presentations in the following order: 1)    Statements by Lead Co-Lawyers for Civil Parties (up to 1 day)

ECCC to re-launch radio show on KR Tribunal

A weekly radio talk show on the Khmer Rouge tribunal will be back on air on every Thursday from noon to 1 pm, starting from 19 September, on Bayon FM 95 and its sub-stations nationwide.

The Court Report for September 2013 issued

The September issue of the Court Report features an article on the revised dates for the closing statements of Case 002/01, as well as the new financial contributions pledged by the European Union and the Governor General of New Zealand.

Statement by international Co-Prosecutor Andrew Cayley on his resignation

Having tendered my resignation to the Secretary-General of the United Nations in August 2013, I will be leaving the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) for personal reasons on 16 September 2013. I will join my family who returned home from Cambodia in June 2013.  It is anticipated that the Reserve International Co-Prosecutor, Nicholas Koumjian, will be arriving in Cambodia in October 2013.

Information regarding absent national staff members

The following information is provided to ensure that the general public has access to accurate information about the current situation at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia  (ECCC).

Statement on the passing of Mr. Jacques Verges

The Defence Support Section (DSS) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) notes the death, on August 15, 2013, of Mr. Jacques Verges, International Co-Lawyer for the Accused Mr. Khieu Samphan. Mr. Verges died in France at the age of 88 after a long career in criminal defence, representing numerous high-profile clients around the world.

Schedule of closing arguments Case 002/01 adjusted

In a memo issued on 22 August 2013, the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia announced an adjusted schedule for closing submissions in Case 002/01. The deadline for written Closing Briefs by the parties is now extended by one week to 19 September, as the chamber has admitted into evidence about 2,000 more documents since it confirmed the original schedule on 24 July. The hearing of oral Closing Statements is revised to begin on 16 October at 9 am, instead of the previously scheduled date of 9 October.

The Court Report for August 2013 issued

The August Court Report features a story on the conclusion of the evidentiary hearings in the first trial of Case 0002, as well as a timeline of Case 002/01. This issue also discusses the Supreme Court Chamber’s rejection of appeals against the Trial Chamber’s second severance decision, ordering the second trial in Case 002 to commence promptly. The report also contains a summary of witness testimonies made in July as well as judicial updates and an overview of recent and upcoming outreach activities.Read the latest issue:

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