Lawyer Ponders To Seek Bail For Nuon Chea

Posted by khmernews on October 8, 2007


•    Khieu Samphan cares about Nuon Chea

Phnom Penh: Lawyer of Nuon Chea said September 24 that he wanted to appeal to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal for the release on bail of his client as what his family had demanded.
“As a lawyer, I want my client to be happy,” Lawyer Son Arun told Rasmei Kampuchea after meeting his client Nuon Chea. “His family demands his bail. Therefore, I am thinking of appealing for the release of him,” he said.

However, the lawyer said that he had not proceeded with a bail application yet. He added that in order to get Nuon Chea out of the custody, there had to be enough reasons.

“So far, Nuon Chea has requested the Khmer Rouge Tribunal to build a new toilet for him since he couldn’t sit on his feet due to the pain in his knees,” pointed out the lawyer, adding that the court would build it for him soon. “He has requested a mattress since he has a backache. Nuon Chea requested fish and vegetables for his meals, and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal has already changed for him,” he said, adding that his client had been taken care of very well at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

Son Arun has been associated with Khieu Samphan for 4-5 years, wanting to represent him. Upon the arrest of Nuon Chea on September 19, he was requested to be lawyer of Nuon Chea. Son Arun contacted Khieu Samphan at 3.30 p.m. of the same date and Khieu Samphan told him to “help” Nuon Chea since Nuon Chea knew no lawyer.

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Spokesman Reach Sambath said that he admired Nuon Chea for he had a good defense lawyer who cared about him, adding that it was Nuon Chea’s luck.

“He’s doing his tasks to help his client, but he has to go through Pre-Trial Chamber,” said Reach Sambath, referring to Nuon Chea’s lawyer, Son Arun.

According to Reach Sambath, the ordinary people can also write amicus curiae briefs to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. “Only will people who write amicus curiae briefs to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal be allowed to hear the public trial of the Pre-Trial Chamber.

•    Khieu Samphan is ready to defend himself

Although Khieu Samphan has yet to be accused by the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, he is commonly thought to be the next target of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. He is likely to have been ready to appear in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal as he has already chosen a French lawyer named Jacques Verges. Moreover, So Socheat, wife of Khieu Samphan, told Rasmei Kampuchea on September 24 that there were a lot of Cambodian lawyers contacting Khieu Samphan to represent him. She said that her husband had already had a Cambodian lawyer. She couldn’t tell the name of the lawyer, however.

Unofficial Translation
-Extracted from Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol. 15, #4398, Tuesday, September 25, 2007.


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