On 30 July 2014, the Trial Chamber of the ECCC presided over an Initial Hearing in Case 002/02 against two alleged senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge: Nuon Chea, former Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, and Khieu Samphan, former Head of State of Democratic Kampuchea. Following the Court’s severance decision, Case 002/02 is the second trial against these Accused.
The scope of Case 002/02 was defined by the Trial Chamber in its decision on additional severance of Case 002 on 4 April 2014. As noted by Trial Chamber President Mr. Nil Nonn, on 29 June 2014, the Supreme Court Chamber upheld the severance, dismissing Khieu Samphan’s appeal requesting annulment of the severance order for Case 002/02.Following the Supreme Court Chamber’s order that, at minimum, charges in Case 002/02 must include genocide, one worksite, one cooperative and the charges related to the S-21 Security Center in Phnom Penh, Case 002/02 specifically addresses charges related to: (i) genocide of the Cham (and related religion persecution in the forced movement of the Cham minority) and genocide of the Vietnamese, (ii) forced marriages and rape nationwide, (iii) internal purges, (iv) S-21; the Kraing Ta Chan Security Centre; the Au Kanseng Security Centre; the Phnom Kraol Security Centre; the 1st January Dam Worksite; the Kampong Chhnang Airport Construction site; the Trapeang Thma Dam Worksite; the Tram Kok Cooperatives, (v) the treatment of Buddhists (limited to Tram Kok Cooperatives), and (vi) political persecution/targeting of former Khmer Republic Officials (implementation limited to Tram Kok Cooperatives, 1st January Dam Worksite, S-21 Security Centre and Kraing Ta Chan Security Centre).
On 11 July 2014, the Court scheduled this preliminary hearing for 30 July 2014 to consider arguments of the parties on a number of legal and procedural matters.