Tribunal Hopes To Wrap Up Trial in Coming Months
A verdict in the atrocity crimes trial for leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan will likely not be issued until the first quarter of 2014, the spokesman, Neth Pheaktra, told “Hello VOA.”
The case against the two men has so far seen 198 days of hearings and the participation of 91 experts, victims and witnesses, he said. Those hearings will end in July or August, with a first verdict expected in the “first quarter” of next year, he said.
However, court observers say they are skeptical of a court that has seen routine delays and completed just one trial since 2006.
Long Panhavuth, a program officer for the Open Society Initiative Cambodia, said it remains “unclear” whether the tribunal can stay on schedule. And he said the court has failed to provide adequate information to the public or to the victims.
“There are many kinds of justice for each person,” Neth Pheaktra said. “But more people need to join the process of the court.”