PHNOM PENH —
The Trial Chamber of the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Monday suspended hearings for two jailed regime leaders, as a boycott of proceedings by defense lawyers continues.
Defense teams for Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan are boycotting because they have filed grievances with the court they say have gone unanswered, including accusations of bias among judges.
On Friday, the court issued an official warning to the defense teams under internal rules of the court.
In a statement, the court said the defense had “abandoned the courtroom” during a hearing last week, and it ordered them to appear at a trial management meeting on Tuesday.
Defense lawyers told VOA Khmer Monday that they plan on attending the meeting, but they will continue to boycott trial hearings.
Trial hearings, meanwhile, will remain postponed, the court said.