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Misconduct of Khieu Samphan's counsel referred to professional bodies

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.

Trial Chamber orders appointment of standby counsel for Khieu Samphan

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.

Statement by the international Co-Prosecutor regarding ECCC caseload

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.

ECCC visits former Khmer Rouge strongholds

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.

Hearings in Case 002/02 adjourned until January 2015

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 Court Report for November 2014 issued.

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. 

International Co-Prosecutor files Supplementary Submission in Case 003

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.

Parties ordered to appear at evidence hearings starting from 17 November 2014

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.

Video from Case 002/02 Trial Management Meeting 28 October

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.

Video from Case 002/02 Trial Management Meeting 21 October

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.

Case 002/02 substantive hearings commence on 17 October

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.

11th session of the ECCC Plenary will be held on 16 October 2014

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.   

Meeting between Civil Parties and Civil Party Lawyers in Case 002

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.

Martin Karopkin appointed as new international reserve judge in the Trial Chamber

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.

Case 002/02 trial to commence on 17 October 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.

Case 002/02 trial to start with charges related to Tram Kok Cooperatives

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:

Government of Chile contributes US$10,000 to ECCC

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.  

Deadline for notice of Case 002/01 appeals extended to 29 September 2014

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.

Claudia Fenz appointed as new international judge in the Trial Chamber

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 Ms. Claudia Fenz (Austria) as a new international judge to serve in the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). The appointment is effective from 1 September 2014. Judge Fenz has served as a reserve judge in the Trial Chamber since 2006, and she replaces Judge Silvia Cartwright (New Zealand) whose resignation takes effect from 1 September 2014.

The Court Report for August 2014 issued

The August 2014 issue of the Court Report features the verdict in Case 002/01 against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, which was pronounced on 7 August 2014. The accused were found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life imprisonment. The Report discusses civil party reparation projects for Case 002/01 and media reactions to the verdict. A further initial hearing in Case 002/02 was held on 30 July 2014, and, in another decision, the Supreme Court Chamber also upheld the severance of Case 002/02.Read it here:

Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Crimes against Humanity

Today, the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) found Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan guilty of crimes against humanity committed between 17 April 1975 and December 1977 and sentenced them to life imprisonment.Summary of Case 002/01 judgement read out by Trial Chamber President Nil NonnCase 002/01 judgement (full text) 

All you need to know before Case 002/01 judgement

The judgement in Case 002/01 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea will be prounounced on Thursday 7 August 2014 at 09:00.  The hearing is anticipated to last approximately two hours, and a live stream will be made available on the following sites:

Video highlights from Case 002/01 closing statements

The 21 minutes long video below contains highlights of submissions made by the different parties from the closing statements in Case 002/01 from 16-30 October 2013.

Supreme Court Chamber upholds severance of Case 002/02

Today, the Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) dismissed an appeal from Khieu Samphan requesting annulment of the Trial Chamber’s severance order for Case 002/02.

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