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Tuesday, 5.2.2008: Khmer Rouge Tribunal Postpones Nuon Chea’s Appeal Hearing Due to the Absence of a Lawyer

Posted on 5 February 2008. Filed under: Week 546 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 546

Nuon Chea said that to hold the hearing would not be fair

“Phnom Penh: The pre-trial chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia decided on 4 February 2008 to adjourn the appeal hearing of former Khmer Rouge leader Mr. Nuon Chea, who had asked for release on bail, as one of his foreign co-lawyers was absent.

“Mr. Nuon Chea, the former president of the People’s Assembly of the Democratic Kampuchea regime, was brought from his home in Pailin and temporarily detained in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal detention facility since 19 September 2007.

“During the temporary detention, Mr. Son Arun and Mr. Michiel Pestman, Nuon Chea’s foreign and Cambodian co-lawyers, appealed Mr. Nuon Chea’s detention and requested his release on bail due to his age and health.

“But during a recent hearing, held on 21 December 2007, the co-investigating judges Mr. You Bunleng and Mr. Marcel Lemonde, denied the request for a release on bail which Nuon Chea’s lawyers had requested. Now the co-lawyers of the charged person Nuon Chea had appealed the co-investigating judges’ decision.

“In the morning of 4 February 2008, the pre-trial chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia held a hearing on Nuon Chea’s appeal, requesting release on bail.

“In the hearing on the morning of 4 February 2008, the foreign co-lawyer of the charged person Nuon Chea, Mr. Michiel Pestman, a Dutch citizen, did not participate in the hearing. Only Mr. Son Arun, the Cambodian co-lawyer and Mr. Victor Koppe, a foreign lawyer in place of Mr. Pestman, joined the hearing.

“Ms. Chea Leang, a Cambodian co-prosecutor, stated in the hearing that Mr. Victor Koppe was not yet formally accredited [in Cambodia] as a lawyer, and that he has not yet been sworn in to be a lawyer to work in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

“Ms. Chea Leang added that the co-lawyer Mr. Pestman had been legally informed by the pre-trial chamber since 19 December 2007, but until now, the co-prosecutors had not been informed about his absence.

“Ms. Chea Leang, a co-prosecutor, said that this hearing is an important event for the defendant – to be released or to remain in jail. ‘If we fail to hold it, the defendant’s interests will be disregarded.’

“The lawyers representing three victims, as civil parties, had stated their reasons, asking the trial chamber to proceed with this case, as the charged person is getting old.

“Mr. Son Arun, Nuon Chea’s Cambodian co-lawyer, stated that the lawyers’ intention in appealing for his client is to have him released on bail as soon as possible.

“Mr. Arun added, ‘I and the lawyer Mr. Victor Koppe got the invitation from the chair of the pre-trial chamber on 25 January 2008 to rightfully participate in today’s trial.’ But now they said that Mr. Koppe is not eligible to defend his client.

“The lawyer Mr. Son Arun stated that the swearing in is a procedure of the [Cambodian] Bar Association, it is not an issue of the pre-trial chamber. But the pre-trial chamber considered this issue as an obstacle.

“Mr. Nuon Chea, 81 years old, wore a gray shirt, he stood in the dock and said, ‘I am Nuon Chea, the charged person. Why is there a hearing today as I have just one, the Cambodian, co-lawyer? This is not consistent with international standards.’

“’I think this is not fair. I need to have two lawyers, according to the internal regulations of the court. If there is only one Cambodian lawyer, and there is no foreign lawyer, the latter can’t defend me at this time.’ Mr. Nuon Chea asked the court to adjourn the hearing.

“Pre-Trial Chamber President Mr. Prak Kimsan said after a short deliberation that the hearing had listened to the comments from the co-prosecutors, the victims’ lawyers of the civil parties, who had asked to proceed with dealing with Nuon Chea’s appeal. But by reviewing the fundamental rights of the charged person, the chamber decided to adjourn the appeal hearing.

“Mr. Prak Kimsan added that the chamber asked the defendant’s lawyers to confirm in writing, today or tomorrow, the whereabouts of the lawyer Mr. Pestman. If they would fail to report on this by Wednesday, the pre-trial chamber will announce the next date for the hearing.

“It is also to noted that on 20 November 2007, the pre-trial chamber decided for the first time about the appeal of Mr. Kaing Guek Eav [also known as Duch], the former chief of the Tuol Sleng Prison, by deciding to have Duch to continue in temporary detention.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4507, 5.2.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1563, 5.2.2008

  • Prince Thomico’s View on the Political Situation in Cambodia [he observes that some parties seem not to compete for a prime ministerial position, but to compete to be a partner of the Cambodian People’s Party]
  • 100,000 People Evacuated in Jakarta because of Floods

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #105, 5.2.2008

  • Sam Rainsy: Golden [= expensive] Land Causes Strong Corruption

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6263, 5.2.2008

  • Stage of Changing Parties: Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen Calls for Patience and Not to Take Revenge on Each Other
  • World Food Program Provides Aus$4 Million [approx. US$3.5 million, from Australian government] for Poor People in Cambodia

Nokor Santepheap, Vol.5, #93, 4.2.2008

  • Nearly 200 Families Take Legal Action against Yuon [Vietnamese] Sand Dredging Company [Lvea Aem, Kandal]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4507, 5.2.2008

  • Khmer Rouge Tribunal Postpones Nuon Chea’s Appeal Hearing Due to the Absence of a Lawyer
  • Prime Minister Speaks about Officials Leaving Sam Rainsy Party
  • Crackers, Fireworks, and All Kinds of Explosive Ordnance Definitely Prohibited during Chinese New Year [Phnom Penh]
  • Samdech Dekchor Calls for Provincial and Town Authorities to Maintain Some Land Free, to Build More Schools
  • Delegation of [South] Korean Assembly Comes to Check Investments and Development Assistance
  • More Than 1,000 Cambodian People’s Party [CPP] Supporters [form Phnom Penh] Visit Sihanoukville Seaside [holiday sponsored by Phnom Penh governor Kep Chutema and Phnom Penh CPP]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3245, 5.2.2008

  • Funcinpec and Sam Rainsy Party Consider Officials Who Leave the Parties to Be Rubbish, While the Cambodian People’s Party Considers Them to Be Diamonds
  • Ministry of Education Sells [fake] High School Diplomas at US$1,300 to US$1,500 Each, Surprising Everybody [according to rumors]

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Monday, 4.2.2008: Her Excellency Bun Rany Hun Sen Requests to Examine How Nightclubs Disregard Regulations

Posted on 5 February 2008. Filed under: Week 546 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 546

“Phnom Penh: The First Lady of Cambodia, Her Excellency Bun Rany Hun Sen, appealed to the Phnom Penh municipal authorities to examine the nightclubs in their administrative area, and she appealed also to the authorities in other provinces and cities about negative actions, which have an impact on security, social order, and national culture and traditions. She also requested to stop the song “I’m asking for one part of your heart” on television, and to stop showing singers wearing sexy clothes.

“Speaking at the annual convention of the National Committee for the Promotion of Social Morality, aand Cambodian Women’s and Families’ Values on 31 January, as honorary chairperson of the national committee, Her Excellency Bun Rany Hun Sen pointed out that negative social actions, vices, and cases of rape – for example fathers rapeing their daughters, grandfathers rapeing their granddaughters – are on the increase. She stressed that this is really a problem. Such immoral acts were not part of the Cambodian time-honored tradition. She added that this is not a problem that we should ignore, it is a national issue. Some people understand that social developments make people act like that. She raised the question whether society leads the people, or whether people lead the society; whether people educate the society, or society educates the people. If the society leads the people, it means that it is a good society, but people may lead a good society to deteriorate. She continued to say that according to her idea, it is always some people who lead a society to deteriorate.

“She stressed that what she is worrying, ‘We all have to make every effort, because this is not just a problem for the government only. If we do not all try to implement the laws from the beginning, the law cannot be implemented effectively.’

“She appealed that Phnom Penh has to be controlled and examined, especially such places which cause negative activities; there are about 100 nightclubs. But she added that the problem does not exist only in Phnom Penh, but also in the 24 provinces and cities.

“She made a new request by asking the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Information to observe what clothes singers wear to perform on stage and when they are broadcasting live on television. She said that currently singers are often wearing scanty clothes. Previously, Prime Minister Hun Sen had issued an order to pay attention to this problem. It lasted only four or five months. Now it is again the same, when one observes the TV.

“She made a request to stop singing the song “I’m asking for one part of your heart” on TV, because she sees that the song does not contain a positive meaning to educate Cambodian women. She said that she had made a request to stop singing this song. If the song is played on music cassettes at home, she does not object, but now it is allowed that singers sing this song on television. She sees that female singers like singing this song. She said that there are many songs to sing, but why go to ask for anothers’ heart? If the singers have wives or husbands, they can go to ask them. She said that this song is not educational in the traditional Cambodian way, but it provides bad models. She said that if people want to stop domestic violence and other vices, this will include to stop singing this song which does not serve the interests of the society, and to stop singing it is part of the effort to prevent domestic violence.

It can be remembered that in the past, wearing scanty clothes on stage was banned already twice by Prime Minister Hun Sen, but it led only to a short-time improvement. Few years ago, a girl performed on a TV stage without covering her body properly and this was broadcasted live on TV – but later this singer apologized for her mistake. The song entitled “I’m asking for one part of your heart” has been known as a Cambodian song from abroad, sung by Ms. Song Seng Hon. The song was produced many years ago, in which a girl asks for the love of a man who has already a wife.

With regard to the above problem, Mr. Kim Kunvath, the general director of the television station TVK, fully supported Her Excellency Bun Rany Hun Sen’s request. He claimed that in fact, “We are not narrow-minded, but the younger actors seem to forget our Khmer tradition, and as for the clothes they wear, they should wear clothes according to the clothes of Cambodian girls who have a clean tradition.’

“At the same time, he appealed to all the television stations to cooperate in supporting the valuable request of Her Excellency Bun Rany Hun Sen.

“Mr. Kuoch Kevin, the production manager of the television station CTN, also supported Her Excellency Bun Rany Hun Sen’s request, because he agrees that her advice and her opinions are correct for promoting the honor of Cambodian society, particularly promoting the clean traditions and customs of our Cambodian women.

Regarding her request, Mr. Kuoch Kevin said that he was never interested in the song “I’m asking for one part of your heart.” The song was written and sung by Ms. Song Seng Hon in the United States, and publicized in 1990. The song seemes to have a content and a meaning that do not suit society, as it particularly affects the dignity and honor of Cambodian women, as Her Excellency had mentioned.

“Regarding the wearing of scanty clothes by some people on stage, Mr. Kuoch Kevin thought that wearing such clothes is often considered elegant, fashionable, and modern, according to some types of program they attend. However, he also confirmed, “If we participate in a private program in a friendly manner or at home, we can wear the kind of clothes that we want to put on. But if we participate in various programs for the public to be broadcasted on television, clothes should be worn like Cambodian girls wear them, who have honor, dignity, and clean traditions, to be good models for our younger generation.’

“He stated that performers are famous not for wearing scanty clothes, but for their real talents and their capacity.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4506, 3/4.2.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 4 February 2008

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #4, 4.2.2008

  • Human Rights Party Uses Nine-Point Policy as Strategy for the 2008 Election Campaign [three points opposing dictatorship, corruption, and territorial invasion; three points to protect citizens’ power, national property, and national identity; three constructive points to develop the citizens’ livelihood, education and health, and to create jobs for the citizens]
  • Yuon [Vietnam] Adds Consulates in Provinces and Towns to Help Yuon [Vietnamese] Nationals to Implement Strategy to Take over Cambodia [according to a rumor]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1562, 3-4.2.2008

  • Samdech Prime Minster Hun Sen Received Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs [Yang Jiechi – 1 February]
  • Fortune Tellers at Wat Phnom Begged the Municipal Governor to Allow Them to Stay at Wat Phnom until after the 2008 Elections

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #104, 4.2.2008

  • Today, Khmer Rouge Tribunal Will Hold First Hearing of Nuon Chea

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3381, 4.2.2008

  • US Federal Bureau of Investigation Opening Office in Cambodia Is Somewhat Frightening for High Ranking Police Chief
  • Construction of Kamchay Hydroelectric Plant Will Flood More Than 2,000 Hectares of National Park Area [Kampot – according to Nhy San, deputy director of the NGO Forum]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4506, 3-4.2.2008

  • Her Excellency Bun Rany Hun Sen Requests to Examine How Nightclubs Disregard Regulations
  • Six Prisoners Escaped from Ratanakiri Prison [31 January]

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