PTC Rejects Leader's former KR Leader's Translation Appeal
PHNOM PENH (AFP) – Lawyers for former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu
Samphan Friday lost an appeal at Cambodia's UN-backed genocide tribunal to
The genocidal regime's leader and his lawyers have argued that in the absence
Khieu Samphan, 77, is being defended by famed French lawyer Jacques Verges,
Judge Prak Kimsan, head of the tribunal's pre-trial chamber, said Friday that
The judge also said that the defence team already had legal assistants who
Verges, who is representing Khieu Samphan along with Cambodian lawyer
Sa Sovan, said during an appeal hearing last December that only 2.5 percent
Sa Sovan said he was "very regretful" at the ruling.
"The suspect's rights have been violated. So there is no justice at this court,"
But the prosecution welcomed the decision, with Cambodian co-prosecutor
Khieu Samphan is one of five Khmer Rouge leaders who have been detained
He went before the court for the first time in April last year to appeal
The judges adjourned that hearing and warned Verges over his behaviour
after he said he was unable to act for his client because court documents
A fierce anti-colonialist, Verges, who was born in Thailand, reportedly
Up to two million people are believed to have been executed or died of
starvation and overwork as the communist regime emptied Cambodia's
cities, exiling millions to vast collective farms in a bid to forge an
The long-awaited first Khmer Rouge trial started earlier this week when
by the alias Duch, went before the court.