Defence

Every defendant before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has the right to be represented both by a national and international lawyer of their choice. If a defendant lacks financial resources to pay for his or her own defence, the ECCC will cover the cost of the defence.

Defence team for Mr. KAING Guek Eav (alias DUCH)
Mr. KAR Savuth (Cambodian Co-Lawyer) has practiced criminal law since 1982 and was one of the first lawyers to be admitted to the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia. He has represented persons accused of serious crimes, including former Khmer Rouge, and has been the legal advisor to the General Secretariat of the National Assembly. 

Mr. Kang Ritheary (Cambodian Co-Lawyer) 

Mr. CHAN Ravuth (Case Manager) graduated in law and worked as a Greffier in the Kampong Cham municipal court as well as the Phnom Penh Court of Appeal. He was admitted to the Cambodian Bar in 1998.


Defence team for Mr. NUON Chea
Mr. SON Arun (Cambodian Co-Lawyer) was admitted to the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia in 1996. He has worked in private practice for over 11 years and has specialised in defending persons charged with serious crimes, including terrorism. Since 2002, Mr SON has been Director of EU ASIA Pacific Lawyer Group. 

Mr Michiel PESTMAN (Foreign Co-Lawyer) has been a member of the Amsterdam Bar since 1994. From 1993-2001 he was a member of the team representing Bosnia and Herzegovina before the International Court of Justice in their action against Serbia for genocide. He also represented Moinina Fofana before the Special Court for Sierra Leone. 

Mr Victor KOPPE (Foreign Co-Lawyer) was sworn in as an attorney in Rotterdam in 1989 and in Amsterdam in 1995. He focuses on financial fraud, terrorism, and extradition matters. Mr KOPPE defended Moinina Fofana before the Special Court for Sierra Leone. 

Defence team for Mr. IENG Sary
Mr. ANG Udom (Cambodian Co-Lawyer) worked as a criminal defence lawyer at the Cambodian Defenders Project and the Legal Aid of Cambodia. Mr ANG has managed his own law firm since 1999 and, from 2006, has been Head of the Legal Unit at the Center for Social Development. He has been a member of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia since 1997. 

Mr. Michael KARNAVAS (Foreign Co-Lawyer) has been a member of the Alaska Bar since 1986 and is currently President of the Association of Defence Counsel of the ICTY. For the past seven years he has been defending clients before the ICTY, including Colonel Vidoje Blagojević and Dr Jadranko Prlić. 


Defence team for Madam IENG Thirith
Mr. PHAT Pouv Seang (Cambodian Co-Lawyer) has been a professor at the University of Law and Economics. Mr PHAT has worked as a lawyer since 1997 dealing with numerous criminal cases and, from 2004, has been a legal consultant to the National Assembly’s Legislative and Judiciary Committee. 

Ms Diana ELLIS QC (Foreign Co-Lawyer) was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1978 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2001. She has wide experience in handling serious criminal trials. Notably, Ms ELLIS was defence counsel for Ferdinand Nahimana at the ICTR, which was the first international criminal trial to consider the role of the media in genocide.

Defence team for Mr. KHIEU Samphan
Dr. SA Sovan (Cambodian Co-Lawyer) was assigned to the KHIEU Samphan case following the resignation of Dr SAY Bory due to ill health. Dr SA has been a member of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia since 2001, and is also a member of the Bar Council. Previously, he held a number of positions, including as senior legal adviser of the Cambodian National Assembly, professor of Civil Law and as an expert within the Ministry of Justice. 

Mr. Jacques VERGÈS (Foreign Co-Lawyer) has been a member of the Paris Bar since 1955. In the 1960s he defended a number of cases before French military tribunals arising out of the conflict in Algeria. In 1987 he represented Klaus Barbie before the Lyon Cour d’assises on charges of crimes against humanity from of the Second World War. 

Mr. Philiipe Greciano (Foreign Co-Lawyer). Mr. Gréciano is a university professor and a member of the Paris Bar Association. He has more than 15 years experience, and has been involved in seven cases related to genocide and crimes against humanity in Rwanda before courts in France and Germany and before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda 

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