Khmer Rouge leaders appeal ECCC convictions

08 October 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg

Lawyers for former Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea last week filed appeals against the life sentences that judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) issued in August for crimes against humanity.

Nuon Chea’s team set out 223 grounds for appeal, including impartiality, factual inaccuracies and failure to call vital witnesses, The Cambodia Daily reported. Khieu Samphan’s team cited 148 grounds, while prosecutors also filed a limited appeal, asking the court to clarify its decision to disregard certain forms of joint criminal enterprise, the newspaper said.

The court also announced 17 October as the start of evidentiary hearings in the second trial against the pair. Case 002/02 will deal with the Khmer Rouge regime’s most serious crimes: genocide, forced labour, forced marriage, rape and internal purges [IJT-157]

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