Sunday, April 27, 2008

Devil's advocate postpones hearing

Wednesday, April 23rd, the hearing on Khieu Samphan's appeal was abruptly adjourned, according to the Boston Globe, when Samphan's French lawyer Jacques Vergès refused to continue. He claimed that the court documents had not been translated into French, and that he because of that where unable to know what his client was accused of. The tribunal's judges warned Vergès later for his behaviour that caused the hearing's postponement. On Thursday 24th, Khieu Samphan's Cambodian lawyer Say Bory, asked Vergès to tone down his aggressive style.

83-year-old Jacques Vergès has been called "the Devil's advocate" because of his controversial clients. Among others he has been defending Klaus Barbie, Carlos the Jackal and Slobodan Milosevic. Last year he was the subject for the feature-length documentary film "Terror's Advocate" by Barbet Schroeder.

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