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Tribunal Preps Civil Parties Ahead of Hearing

In this photo released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Judges and clerks of the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal are standing inside the court hall of the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, file photo.

Officials from the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal met with civil party participants on Monday, explaining the procedures of a trial for two aging regime leaders that is less than two weeks away.

The trial for Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan will begin by examining crimes at two security centers—Tram Kak and Krain Tachan—in Takeo province, Marie Guiraud, the international lead co-lawyer for civil parties, told some 200 civil party applicants.

Both men face atrocity crimes charges, including genocide, for their leadership roles in the regime, which oversaw the deaths of more than 1.7 million people.

Following the sites in Takeo province, the court will then look at crimes committed at the January 1 Dam and the Kampong Chhnang airport, Guirand said.

The court will also go through alleged genocide crimes against Buddhists and Cham Muslims, as well as ethnic Vietnamese, she said.

“And we will look at the situation of forced marriages throughout the country,” she said.

The hearings will open Oct. 17 in what is the tribunal’s most important trial to date.