What should Mr. Chhang Youk say and what will the ECCC´s measure regarding to this complication- Heng Ram and Cheasim in the killing field?
Following the lunch break, Nuon Chea’s international defense counsel Jasper Pauw posed several more questions to Mr. Chhang before turning the floor over to his national colleague Son Arun. Mr. Pauw first asked Mr. Chhang about a scholarly article written by Steve Heder which stated in a footnote that there exists evidence implicating Heng Samrin and Chea Sim in atrocity crimes during the DK period.
Mr. Pauw attempted to ask Mr. Chhang if DC-Cam had been given full access to government archives, even those which may have information about the possible crimes of Heng Samrin and Chea Sim. Before Mr. Chhang could respond, Chamber President Nil Nonn interjected and stated that the question was improper and irrelevant, again reminding Mr. Pauw of the limits of the topics of questioning for the day.
NOTE: Documentation Centre of Cambodia director Youk Chhang once said in December 2011 that Nuon Chea’s continued denunciation of Vietnam was simply “stupid”. He accused Noun Chea´s determination on Vietnam as the villain in all Khmer Rouge affairs was “a self-styled suicide.”
More interestingly, former Khmer Rouge chief ideologist Nuon Chea on Tuesday also made the first references in his trial to senior Cambodian People’s Party leaders Heng Samrin and Chea Sim.
“Heng Samrin was a poor, helpful and brave man who could be patient in all types of situations. He took me to Vietnam and he became a commander after Pol Pot began ruling the country,” he told the Khmer Rouge tribunal.
“Another one was Chea Sim who was as poor as Heng Samrin and he was also from a clan in Tbong Kmom district. We were also former classmates.”