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Access for Public and Media during Case 002 Hearings 19-20 Oct 2011

The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts Of Cambodia (ECCC) has scheduled two hearings on initial specification of Civil Party Claims for reparations and Ieng Thirith's fitness to stand trial on 19 and 20 Oct 2011. 

The public hearing in relation to the Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyers' presentation of their reparations submissions shall be public and will commence on 19 October 2011 at 9.00 a.m.  The Civil Party Lead Co-lawyers will be allocated 3 hours for this purpose. 

Upon the conclusion of the Civil Lead Co-Lawyers' submissions, the Chamber will proceed to consider via a separate hearing the Accused IENG Thirith's fitness to stand trial. The Trial Chamber will commence by questioning the Psychiatric Experts and will then permit these Experts to be questioned by the parties. The Chamber will also hear oral argument concerning the appropriate legal standard to be applied in determining the Accused IENG Thirith's fitness to stand trial, if sought by the parties. This hearing shall commence at 1.30 p.m. on 19 October 2011 in the ECCC Main Courtroom and continue over the following day, if required.

The Trial Chamber has advised that in accordance with Internal Rule 79(6), the hearing on fitness to stand trial will be presumptively public and conducted to the maximum extent possible in open session. The Chamber has, however, already indicated a need to balance the rights of the Accused to privacy concerning medical information, against the public's right to know the basis on which an application on fitness to stand trial will be determined. The hearing will commence in open session. Where any party considers there to be a need to proceed only in closed session, an oral motion may be made to the Chamber. These applications will be heard in open session and granted by the Chamber where the Chamber considers the interests of justice to so require.

Information to visitors:

There are 482 seats in the public gallery. 140 seats have been reserved for Civil Parties in Case 002 diplomats and media. The remaining seats will be distributed to individual visitors on a first come, first served basis. NGOs, schools and others who wish to bring a group of visitors to the hearing must make arrangements with the ECCC Public Affairs Section in advance by writing to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Diplomats who wish to reserve a seat are kindly requested to make a request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The ECCC recommends visitors arrive at the security gate between 7:30 and 8:00 am in order to leave enough time for security checking and issuance of tickets. Doors to the courtroom will close by 8:45 am or when all seats in the public gallery are fully occupied.


Please kindly be advised that all visitors are required to present an ID (including a photo) at the gate. No persons under 16 years of age will be admitted to the court and persons 16 – 18 years will be admitted only with the guardian ship of an adult. Visitors shall maintain dignity and proper behaviour at all times and shall wear appropriate clothing. No mobile phones, large bags, food or drink are permitted in the public gallery.

The ECCC is located in Chaom Chau, Phnom Penh, 16 km away from the downtown on National Road 4 toward Sihanoukville. Public and media, please enter from the Visitors Gate at the eastern end of the compound. Parking will be provided for visitors with their own vehicles.

Media accreditation:

Advance registration and accreditation is required for all media representatives who wish to be granted access to the ECCC on 19-20 October 2011. The following procedure will apply for media representatives seeking access to the ECCC:

a) Valid ECCC press accreditation card holders must register their request for access to the hearing with the Public Affairs Section by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

b) Expired ECCC press accreditation card holders must re-submit a completed and signed Media Accreditation Form together with their request for registration to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Please indicate the card number on your expired ECCC accreditation card.

c) Non-ECCC press accreditation card holders must submit a completed and signed Media Accreditation Form, a jpg portrait photo and a copy of passport together with their request for registration to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The media accreditation form can be downloaded from the ECCC website: http://www.eccc.gov.kh/ sites/default/files/ECCC_Accreditation_ Media_Application_Form.doc.

Up to 30 seats in the public gallery of the courtroom have been reserved for representatives of the media. Priority will be given to print media. The remaining media representatives will be accommodated in the media room on the ground floor. Media representatives who wish to be allocated a seat in the public gallery should submit a request for seat reservation together with their registration for attendance of the hearing. 

Deadline for media registration and accreditation requests: Tuesday 18 October 2011. 

Media Services

The ECCC Public Affairs Section will provide facilities on the ground floor of the court building to assist media during the court hearing. 

The Press Work Room (C108) has a quiet space for working and a number of computers with internet connection will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Private laptops may be used but will not be permitted to access the ECCC network or the internet. Please note that there is currently only a limited wifi network available at the ECCC, so media representatives are recommended to bring their own 3G modems.

Audio and Video feeds of the court proceedings will be provided in the Press Viewing Room (C105). Television monitors will provide a transmission of the proceedings in Khmer (room C109) and English (room C105) for media representatives only. 

Seats reserved for media in the public gallery

Media representatives should be in their allocated seats 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the hearing. No cameras, laptops, cell phones or recording devices will be permitted in the public gallery.

Photography

ECCC will provide high-resolution photography handouts from the start of the hearing.

Audio

Audio feeds of the proceeding will be provided to media through a PHONO/XLR connection. This feed can be accessed in the press room (C105) using one of 48 audio connections (16 each in Khmer, English and French). Additional audio hookups are possible from recorder to recorder if the users bring the required cables. No audio recording will be permitted inside the courtroom.

Video

Video feeds of the proceedings will be provided through a BNC connection (PAL signal). This feed can be accessed in the press room (C105) using one of 30 output connections. Additional video hookups are possible from recorder to recorder if the users bring the required cables. No video recording will be allowed inside the courtroom.

There are four defendants in Case 002: 

  • Nuon Chea, aged 84, former Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea; 
  • Ieng Sary, aged 85, former Deputy Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs; 
  • Khieu Samphan, aged 79, former Head of State; and 
  • Ieng Thirith, aged 78, former Minister of Social Affairs. 

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Source: http://www.eccc.gov.kh/en/articles/access-public-and-media-during-case-002-hearings-19-20-oct-2011

 
Severance of Proceedings Ordered in Case 002

The ECCC Trial Chamber today ordered the division of Case 002 into a series of smaller trials which will be tried and adjudicated separately. It also announced that the subject of the first trial will concern principally the forced movement of population (phases one and two) and the related charges of crimes against humanity.
 
The advantage of separation of proceedings into segments is that each trial will take an abbreviated time for the Chamber to complete. A verdict, and appropriate sentence in the event of conviction, will be issued at the conclusion of each trial.

Today's order follows the adoption by the ECCC Plenary in February 2011 of a new Rule enabling the Chamber to proceed to trial on a more limited segment of the Indictment where this is considered to be in the interests of justice. Following separation of proceedings, the remaining portions of the Indictment are not discontinued but form the subject of later trials.  This Rule also permits the separation of trial in relation to one or several accused. Although the Chamber is presently considering challenges to the fitness to stand trial of two accused, decisions in this area are still pending. The Chamber has therefore clarified that today's order relates only to the sequencing of Case 002, and the factual and legal scope of its first trial.

In deciding to commence the first trial with the forced movement of population and crimes against humanity, the Trial Chamber sought to follow the chronological and logical sequence of the Closing Order in Case 002, to commence with the earliest time period covered by the Indictment (approximately 1975-1976), to ensure that the issues examined in the first trial provide a basis to consider the role and responsibility of all Accused, and to provide a foundation for the remaining charges in later trials.  The forced movement of population also affected a very broad cross-section of the Cambodian population at the time, including a large percentage of Civil Parties in Case 002.

Within the specific ECCC context, separation of proceedings assists the Chamber to safeguard the interests of victims in achieving meaningful and timely justice, as well as the right of all Accused in Case 002 to an expeditious trial. Experience before other international tribunals suggests that where separation of proceedings does not occur in cases of similar complexity to Case 002, Trial Chambers have occasionally required as long as ten years to reach a verdict.

The Chamber will shortly provide further details regarding the portions of the Indictment relevant to the first trial.  Information regarding later trials in Case 002 concerning the remaining portions of the Indictment (which includes co-operatives, worksites, security centres, execution sites and all other crimes, including genocide) will follow at a later date.

Source: http://www.eccc.gov.kh/en/articles/severance-proceedings-ordered-case-002

 
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