DC-Cam documents, a testimony of Democratic Kampuchea's regime of genocide.
Following the last of closing remarks on Thursday, prosecutors said they want to see a verdict in the atrocities crimes trial of Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan by the middle of next year.
The Khmer Rouge's former number two leader denied charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in his final statement at a United Nations-backed tribunal Thursday. Nuon Chea told the Phnom Penh court he never instructed any of his communist cadres to commit crimes. Although he expressed his "deepest remorse" for the victims of the Khmer Rouge, the 87-year-old insisted he was carrying out his duty to serve his country and never told any of his communist cadres to commit crimes. Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh.
Prosecutors are seeking life in prison for both men, who deny the charges and say they were not aware of the atrocities that took place.
Lawyers for the defendants have portrayed the case against them as a show trial with a predetermined outcome.
Defense lawyers for aging Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea told the UN-backed tribunal on Thursday that evidence in portions of the case against him were “limited and inconsistent.”
Justice for horrors of the 'Killing Fields' are drying up due to elderly defendants' poor health and dwindling funds.
Victor Coppe, international defense lawyer, said the court should view decisions made by Nuon Chea in the “larger context” of the time.
Prosecutors at the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal have asked for the life sentences for two aging leaders of the regime, as they continued with closing statements in a portion of the case against them. Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan are facing charges of atrocity crimes, including genocide. Cambodian prosecutor Chea Leang said life imprisonment for both men was necessary to bring justice to the dead and to survivors, “who experienced the regime’s atrocities under the governance of the two accused.” (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)
Nuon Chea, the Khmer Rouge’s main ideologue, and Khieu Samphan, its nominal head of state, are facing charges of atrocity crimes, including genocide.
The tribunal is hearing final arguments of a portion of the case against the two aging leaders, which examined their roles in the April 1975 evacuation of Phnom Penh.
More than 3,800 victims have been accepted as civil party claimants in Case 002.
The closing arguments are scheduled to run until the end of the month; a verdict is expected mid-2014.
The UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal is set to hear closing statements in a trial against two former leaders of the regime, in a long awaited final chapter for the case.
The United Nations will provide a loan of $1.15 million to the Cambodian side of the beleaguered Khmer Rouge tribunal.
Britain's Andrew Cayley issued a statement Monday that he was stepping down as co-international prosecutor due to personal reasons
Cambodian staff have not been paid on their half of the court since May, prompting a walkout of staff this week.
Cambodian staff, including judges, have not been paid since May, court officials said.
Nearly 200 of the 250 staff members did not show up for work Monday in Phnom Penh to protest several months of unpaid wages.
Around 100 staff members at Cambodia’s cash-strapped war crimes court will begin an open-ended strike Sunday because they have not received their salaries since May.
Cambodian staff at the U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal are threatening to go on strike over unpaid wages.
Reality program reunites families torn apart by genocide, political strife of regime that collapsed more than three decades ago.
Kem Sokha, who is the vice president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, says the allegations have been trumped up by the ruling party in order to discredit the opposition ahead of July 28 national elections.
Sou Met, who commanded the Khmer Rouge air force, was accused of major atrocity crimes as a ranking member of the regime.
Court observers say they are skeptical of a court that has seen routine delays and completed just one trial since 2006.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court has opened a hearing against senior opposition official Kem Sokha, who is being sued by a Khmer Rouge survivor for allegedly denying atrocities committed by the regime.
The request was made to Prime Minister Hun Sen by lawyers for civil party participants at the tribunal.
In an interview with VOA Khmer, Poch Yuon Ly’s daughter, Poch Piseth Neary, called the diary, “the only valuable asset my father left me.”
In recent weeks, Kem Sokha has been accused of claims that atrocities at the prison were staged by Vietnamese forces after they ousted the Khmer Rouge from power.
Hun Sen said in a public speech Thursday the demonstrations calling for an apology for his alleged remarks should be postponed until after the election.
Pressure continues for a senior opposition party official to apologize for alleged remarks that has upset victims of the Khmer Rouge.
Thousands of government supporters protest in Cambodia against comments allegedly made by opposition leader about atrocities during the Killing Fields era. VOA Khmer's Heng Reaksmey reports from Phnom Penh.
The law was passed by all 86 lawmakers in attendance, from the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and the royalist Funcinpec.
More than 12,000 people were tortured and sent to their executions at the center overseen by Duch, who was found guilty for his crimes by the UN-backed tribunal in February 2012.
“Red Wedding” highlights the struggles of Cambodian women forced to marry strangers under the strict policies of the Khmer Rouge.
The “Law on the Denial of Crimes Committed During the Period of Democratic Kampuchea,” which uses the official name for the Khmer Rouge, is set for National Assembly debate Friday.
Chhim Sotheara’s testimony comes amid participation in court proceedings by a number of victims of the Khmer Rouge, who filed complaints as civil parties.
Chhum Mey, who was one of only a handful of survivors at Tuol Sleng, told reporters Tuesday he would give Kem Sokha 10 days to apologize for his reported remarks.
Reactions varied Friday from Khmer Rouge victims and Cambodian politicians, a day after jailed regime leader Nuon Chea admitted responsibility for the regime’s atrocities.
In a stunning first for the UN-backed tribunal, jailed Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea stood before the court and claimed responsibility for the atrocities, destruction and damage wrought on Cambodians by the brutal regime.
Nuon Chea, known as Brother No. 2, is 86 years old and had to be helped to stand by a security guard. He spoke before a number of civil party trial participants who were victims of the regime and have been testifying this week. Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh.