The proceedings of Cambodia's United Nations-backed genocide tribunal briefly descended into chaos last week, as defense lawyers for Khieu Samphan, former Cambodian head-of-state under the Khmer Rouge, argued the case must halt until all documents are translated into French. A tumultuous press conference on Dec. 4, marked by the trademark antics of Samphan's French defense attorney, Jacques Vergès, preceded a more productive hearing that paved the way for the trial of the first of five regime leaders.
Khmer Rouge Genocide Tribunal Stumbles as French Defense Lawyer Demands New Translation
Special to Law.com
December 10, 2008