Khieu Samphan’s first Trial Hearing at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Posted by khmernews on June 5, 2008

Sam Rith

On April 23, Former Khmer Rouge Leader Khieu Samphan appeared at Khmer Rouge Tribunal (KRT) for his “Appeal Brief against the provisional Detention Order of November 2007”, though no date for bale was mentioned by the court. Khieu Samphan, 76, former Khmer Rouge head of state, was detained by KRT in November. He is charged with crime against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949. He is represented by Co-lawyers Say Bory and Jacques Verges, a French national known for his defense of notorious figures including Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Venezuelan terrorist “Carlos the Jackal”. Khieu Sampham, alias Hem, was born on July 27, 1931, in Rom Chek commune, Rom Duol district, Svay Rieng province. The information was contained in the Examination Report conducted by Co-Rapporteurs Huot Vuthy and Rowan Downing.
The report stated that Khieu Samphan is under investigation for crime against humanity (murder, extermination, imprisonment, persecution and other inhuman acts) and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949 (willful killing, willful causing suffering or serious injury to body or health, willful deprivation of rights to a fair trial of a prisoner of war or civilian, unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement of a civilian). These are defined as crime and are punishable under articles 5,6,29 (new) and 39 (new) of the Law on the Establishment of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia dated October 27, 2004.

The Co-investigating Judges decided as quoted in the report that, “In light of the many documents and witness statements contained in the case files, there are well-founded reasons to believe that Khieu Samphan is criminally responsible for the acts with which he is charged. In particular, as a senior CPK [Communist Party of Kampuchea] leader and as Head of State, he exercised real authority, as perceived both in Cambodia and abroad.”

Extracted from The Cambodia Weekly, Vol 02, No 17, April 27 –May 3, 2008.


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