ECCC: Accused Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan Fit to Stand Trial

The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia has issued decisions affirming that the accused Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan remain fit to stand trial and do not suffer from any mental or physical impairment which would prohibit their continued participation in Case 002/02.

The decisions were made following review of the reports of two medical experts who examined the two accused on Jan. 29, 2018, said the ECCC in a press release made public this afternoon.

The Trial Chamber took note of the experts' recommendation to have regular cognitive tests on a quarterly basis of the accused, it added.

The Trial Chamber concluded last year the evidentiary hearings in Case 002/02, involving allegations of crimes against humanity, genocide, and Grave Breaches of the Geneva Conventions against former Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea Nuon Chea and former Head of State of Democratic Kampuchea Khieu Samphan.

Case 002/01 against the same Accused, encompassing charges of crimes against humanity concerning the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh, other movements of the population and killings at Tuol Po Chrey, concluded with the delivery of a final Appeal Judgement in November 2016.

The life imprisonment sentence given to Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan was upheld by the Supreme Court Chamber of the ECCC.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press