PHNOM PENH (AFP) – A Cambodian court overseeing the genocide trial of two former Khmer Rouge leaders threatened on Monday to assign one of them lawyers, after his defence team continued to boycott the UN-backed tribunal. In August Nuon Chea, 88, known as “Brother Number Two”, and former head of state Khieu Samphan, 83, were given life sentences for crimes against humanity.
The pair were the first top figures to be jailed from a regime responsible for the death of up to two million Cambodians from 1975-1979.
A second trial, in which they face charges of genocide and fresh counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes, began in July.
But it has been delayed since mid-October due to a boycott by lawyers for the defendants, who want judges to be disqualified.
The motion to disqualify the judges was dismissed on Friday and Nuon Chea’s defence team returned to the court on Monday.