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Nuon Chea Makes Requested Trip to Hospital

Jailed Khmer Rouge ideologue Nuon Chea spent about 1.5 hours at a Phnom Penh hospital Wednesday, but his condition was fine, officials said.

"This morning, doctors brought him to [Calmette] Hospital at 8:30 am to follow the check-up of his heart condition, following the request of foreign doctors and Cambodian doctors working for the [tribunal]," tribunal spokesman Reach Sambath said. "The general health condition of Nuon Chea is normal."

Lawyer Son Arun said Wednesday that a French doctor who checked on Nuon Chea three months ago was back in Cambodia and requested to check Nuon Chea's condition. He said he regretted that the tribunal had not told him of the transfer to the hospital as it took place.

Nuon Chea, 82, was arrested in November, and has said in the past he has high blood pressure and a heart condition. He has been to the hospital the most times of any arrested leader except former foreign minister Ieng Sary.