KRT Monitor Report, Case 002, Issue No. 55. On 25 March, in the first hearing after Ieng Sary passed away on 14 March 2013 and the subsequent termination of the proceedings against him, the Trial Chamber heard the joint testimony of two court-appointed medical experts regarding the medical assessment of Nuon Chea. Once the testimony concluded, the Parties gave final remarks on the medical experts’ findings. The Chamber also provided the Parties with an opportunity to present comments about the severance of Case 002. The Parties’ positions on this matter were similar to their presentations in the week of 18 February 2013. The Chamber adjourned until Friday, 29 March, when the President announced two oral decisions—one finding Nuon Chea fit to stand trial, and the other describing the new severance order.
KRT Monitor Report, Case 002, Issue No. 54. In an unexpected turn of events, during what was scheduled to be the weeklong hearing of Expert Witness Philip Short, the staff of the ECCC’s Interpretation and Translation Unit (ITU) announced a work boycott. They explained that they would not provide interpretation until they are paid salaries for the months of December 2012, January 2013, and February 2013. After an hour-long recess, the translators ultimately agreed to offer their services for 20 minutes, during which time the Trial Chamber discussed the health of the Accused Nuon Chea and Ieng Sary.
KRT Monitor Report, Case 002, Issue No. 53. On 8 February 2013, the Supreme Court Chamber (SCC) rendered a decision declaring the Severance of Case 002 invalid. To comply with the SCC decision, and to guide the Trial Chamber in formulating a decision on how to further proceed in Case 002, the Trial Chamber devoted this week to hearing the Parties’ responses to the questions it posted in Memoranda dated 12 February and 19 February.
KRT Monitor Report, Case 002, Issue #51. From Monday until Tuesday, the Chamber heard American photojournalist Al Rockoff testify on his experiences in Phnom Penh before and during the fall of the city in April 1975. In the two days following Rockoff’s testimony, the Prosecution presented key documents relevant to the respective roles of Ieng Sary and Khieu Samphan.
KRT Monitor Report, Case 002, Issue No. 50. Following an unexpected break in the previous week, due to the sudden hospitalization of Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, proceedings resumed this week in accordance with the revised schedule determined by the Trial Chamber. President Nil Nonn explained that, due to the Chamber’s inability to hear oral testimony, the hearing of the documents originally scheduled for 18 February 2013, would take place during the week of 21 January 2013. The OCP and Civil Parties presented documents related to military structures, the first and second phases of forced evacuation, and Tuol Po Chrey execution site. The Defense had multiple opportunities to submit responses to the documents presented by the OCP and Civil Parties. Another issue raised this week concerned the ongoing matter of Ieng Sary’s health and fitness.