Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Khmer Rouge

Ieng Sary Seeks Release From Tribunal Detention on Medical Grounds

The Trial Chamber of the court will hear testimony from two medical experts on Friday over Ieng Sary’s condition.

Tourist looks at portraits of former Khmer Rouge leaders, file photo. Tourist looks at portraits of former Khmer Rouge leaders, file photo.
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Tourist looks at portraits of former Khmer Rouge leaders, file photo.
Tourist looks at portraits of former Khmer Rouge leaders, file photo.
Kong SothanarithVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - The defense team of jailed Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Sary is seeking his release on bail, saying his health has deteriorated while he has been in the custody of the UN-backed court.

The request follows an 11-day hospital stint earlier this month for Ieng Sary, 86, and the release of his wife, Ieng Thirith, who was found mentally unfit to stand trial last week.

The Trial Chamber of the court will hear testimony from two medical experts on Friday over Ieng Sary’s condition.

Ieng Sary is currently on trial at the court for atrocity crimes, alongside Nuon Chea, the regime’s chief ideologue, and Khieu Samphan, its nominal head of state.

“He is getting worse,” Ieng Sary’s attorney, Ang Udom, told VOA Khmer Thursday. “We are worried that he can’t join the hearings, and we are waiting for the evaluation of the doctors tomorrow.”

Chhang Youk, head of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, said the move was not unexpected, as Ieng Sary’s health has visibly deteriorated since his 2007 arrest. “He is old, and we can see his appearance,” he said.

Some survivors of the regime were angered at the release of Ieng Thirith on Sunday. The prospect of her husband’s release from custody has raised concerns anew.

“I have been worried since the beginning,” said Chum Mey, who survived the Khmer Rouge torture center at Tuol Sleng. “I think that after Ieng Thirith and Ieng Sary will be Nuon Chea.”
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Cambodia Foreign Minister UN Speech Touches More on World Issues, Less on Cambodiai
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29 September 2014
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong's speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York touches more on world issues and less on Cambodia. Before delivering his speech at UNGA, Hor Namhong told VOA Khmer that Cambodia was now enjoying peace and political stability after the two winning political parties in 2013 election had agreed to work together. His speech comes as Cambodia’s profile on the world stage has expanded in recent years. Cambodia has and improved economy and a growing participation in UN missions around the world. But Hor Namhong’s speech also comes amid deep criticism of Cambodia’s human rights record and a controversial agreement with Australia to help it resettle refuges in exchange for aid money. (VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann, Washington)

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