Lawyers for jailed Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan on
Wednesday suspended their request for a translation of thousands of documents
into French, paving the way for the final pre-trial detention of five of the
Lawyers asked the tribunal to schedule Khieu Samphan's
hearing Oct. 23, three days after a date recommended by the Pre-Trial Chamber
of the tribunal. Lawyers had asked that 16,000 pages of court documents be
translated into French before a hearing was held.
"If they do not accept, I will make all efforts to have at least one lawyer assist in the hearing," said Sar Sovan, Khieu Samphan's Cambodian lawyer.
Khieu Samphan, 76, the nominal head of the regime, is facing
charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Tribunal officials have
been translating the documents since April, when Khieu Samphan
appeared before pre-trial judges. At the time, French lawyer Jacques
Verges said he would be unable to defend his client without
Sar Sovan said Thursday he and Verges would not be in the country Oct. 20.