Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Khmer Rouge

After Hospital, Ieng Sary Requests Time Off From Tribunal Hearings

Ieng Sary, the former foreign affairs minister for the regime, was hospitalized on Sept. 7 due to exhaustion.

Ieng Sary, center, former Khmer Rouge's foreign affair minister, sits in a court dock of the U.N.-backed genocide tribunal, during a hearing, file photo. Ieng Sary, center, former Khmer Rouge's foreign affair minister, sits in a court dock of the U.N.-backed genocide tribunal, during a hearing, file photo.
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Ieng Sary, center, former Khmer Rouge's foreign affair minister, sits in a court dock of the U.N.-backed genocide tribunal, during a hearing, file photo.
Ieng Sary, center, former Khmer Rouge's foreign affair minister, sits in a court dock of the U.N.-backed genocide tribunal, during a hearing, file photo.
Kong SothanarithVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - Lawyers for jailed Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Sary on Tuesday said he needs to take a break from upcoming hearings at the tribunal, following extensive hospitalization.

The court will continue with proceedings in his atrocity crimes trial, alongside two other former leaders of the regime, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan.

Ieng Sary, the former foreign affairs minister for the regime, was hospitalized on Sept. 7 due to exhaustion, though the illness behind his weakening health has not been detailed by court officials or medical personnel.

In a request sent to the UN-backed tribunal on Tuesday, lawyers for Ieng Sary, who is 86, said the court should continue with testimony from eight more witnesses and civil party participants, allowing him time to recover.

“The court can hear witnesses who are not connected directly” to Ieng Sary, his attorney, Ang Udom, said Tuesday.

Tribunal spokesman Neth Pheaktra said proceedings could continue in his absence.
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Defense Teams Leave Khmer Rouge Tribunal Hearingi
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Defense lawyers for Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan boycotted an opening hearing for the two men on Friday, leaving the courtroom and putting the second and final phase of the trial for the two men in limbo. Nuon Chea’s team has asked for a disqualification of four judges, while Khieu Samphan’s team has asked for an appeal on an initial judgment against him. Neither request has yet been heard, but tribunal officials say they will be. It remains unclear what will happen next with the hearing. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)

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