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Day 67

There was a lot happening outside the courtroom today…

CAMBODIA. Kambol (Phnom Penh). 31/08/2009: Following the restrictions imposed on the Civil Parties by the ECCC, they staged a press conference in front of the courtroom, announcing their boycott of the hearings. They later went to pray at Tuol Sleng and Chhoeung Ek.

CAMBODIA. Kambol (Phnom Penh). 31/08/2009: Following the restrictions imposed on the Civil Parties by the ECCC, they staged a press conference in front of the courtroom, announcing their boycott of the hearings. They later went to pray at Tuol Sleng and Chhoeung Ek.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/08/2009: Chum Mey, S21 survivor and Civil Party at Kaing Guek Eav trial at the ECCC, showing the cell he was kept in at Tuol Sleng Museum.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/08/2009: Chum Mey, S21 survivor and Civil Party at Kaing Guek Eav trial at the ECCC, showing the cell he was kept in at Tuol Sleng Museum.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/08/2009: Bou Meng, S21 survivor and Civil Party at Kaing Guek Eav trial at the ECCC, photographed by tourists at Tuol Sleng Museum.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/08/2009: Bou Meng, S21 survivor and Civil Party at Kaing Guek Eav trial at the ECCC, photographed by tourists at Tuol Sleng Museum.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/08/2009: Emotional scenes during the prayer of civil parties at Tuol Sleng Museum.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/08/2009: Emotional scenes during the prayer of civil parties at Tuol Sleng Museum.

3 Responses to “Day 67”

  1. jv:

    what were the restrictions placed on them??…

    bb

    bob black - September 1st, 2009 at 3:15 am

  2. Basically it was understood that the Civil Parties, a first in an international jurisdiction, and their lawyers were granted the same rights as the prosecutors or the defense. A majority of the judges at the Kaing Guek Eav trial decided otherwise and Civil Parties could not interrogate the accused on his personality or mental health.

    What is at stake here, showing that this trial is also a laboratory, is the role of civil parties in future international jurisdictions, the next in line being case nr 02 with Ieng Sary, Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan and Ieng Tirith… That trial will be much more political and therefore locally sensitive.

    john vink - September 1st, 2009 at 4:33 am

  3. thanks JV :))….

    i hadn’t realized the Civil Parties had been originally granted same rights during the trial…and the next trial is the one that i am really “awaiting’ (is this reasonable to understand) because of the the people involved…

    i wonder, are there any writers/historians at work on the trial JV?…for me the KR trial is one of the most important events of the last 50 years, and it seems all so confusing….

    really, my heart is with that nation and the people….

    any other recommendations on written coverage, i’ve been following Ka-set…as i saw an explanation there after i wrote my comment this afternoon :))…it’ll be interesting to see the difference between Duch’s trial and the next gang…

    it’s an ache-filled process, as i’ve been reading at Ka-set, the balance between the prosecutors and the civil attorneys…unfortunately, i haven read ka-set everday, so im getting info in clicks (along with the pics, of course here)…

    and the issue of forgiveness, individually and collectively, is an important and profound one…i wish i could listen….

    the path toward justice and the path toward forgiveness….

    the wind in the ache of the fields….

    thanks JV

    running
    b

    bob black - September 1st, 2009 at 6:37 am

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