CAMBODIA / KHMER ROUGE

17-Feb-2009 00:01:40
The first trial of a Khmer Rouge official gets underway at a United Nations-backed tribunal, three decades after hundreds of thousands of Cambodians died as a result of atrocities committed by the regime. UNAKRT

Available Language: Original
Type
Language
Format
Acquire
/
Original
Other Formats
Description
STORY: CAMBODIA / KHMER ROUGE
TRT: 1.40
SOURCE: UNAKRT / UNTV
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 FEBRUARY 2009, PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA / FILE


SHOTLIST:

UNAKRT – 17 FEBRUARY 2009, PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

1. Wide shot, judges
2. Med shot, chief judge Nil Nonn
3. Med shot, "Duch"
4. Wide shot, civil parties
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Petit, Co-Prosecutor:
"We would like to take this opportunity to advise the trial chamber and the parties that at trial, during the proceedings the co-prosecutors intend to invite the trial chamber to consider the applicability of the concept of joint criminal enterprise to the proceedings against the accused."
6. Med shot, "Duch"
7. SOUNDBITE (French) François Roux, Lawyer for the Defense:
"The defense continues to maintain that this situation is not acceptable."
8. Wide shot, courtroom

FILE – UNTV – 1998, PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

9. Wide shot, entrance to Tuol Sleng genocide museum
10. Various shots, prisoner photos mounted on museum walls
11. Various shots, Choeung Ek Memorial (The Killing Fields) filled with skulls


STORYLINE:

The first trial of a Khmer Rouge official got underway today (17 February) at a United Nations-backed tribunal, three decades after hundreds of thousands of Cambodians died as a result of atrocities committed by the regime.

Kaing Guek Eav, whose alias is "Duch", faces charges of crimes against humanity, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, in addition to the offences of homicide and torture under Cambodian criminal law.

Today's initial hearing signals the formal commencement of Duch's trial, which will be followed by a hearing on the substance of the allegations made against him.

SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Petit, Co-Prosecutor:
"We would like to take this opportunity to advise the trial chamber and the parties that at trial, during the proceedings the co-prosecutors intend to invite the trial chamber to consider the applicability of the concept of joint criminal enterprise to the proceedings against the accused."

Duch was arrested in 1999 and turned over to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh in 2007. In court today, the defense complained that he was held for eight years before the start of proceedings against him.

SOUNDBITE (French) François Roux, Lawyer for the Defense:
"The defense continues to maintain that this situation is not acceptable."

Duch was indicted in relation to alleged offences committed while he was chief of the notorious S-21 camp, also known as Tuol Sleng, where many Cambodians were unlawfully detained, subjected to inhumane conditions and forced labor, tortured and executed in the late 1970s.

Estimates vary but as many as two million are thought to have died during the rule of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979, which was then followed by a protracted period of civil war in the impoverished South-East Asian country.

The ECCC, established in 2003 under an agreement between the UN and Cambodia, is tasked with trying senior leaders and those most responsible for serious violations of Cambodian and international law committed during the Khmer Rouge rule. It is staffed by a mixture of Cambodian and international employees and judges.
Series
Category
Creator
UNAKRT
Asset ID
U090217a