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Nuon Chea's Lawyer to Seek Pre-Trial Release

The lawyer of detained Khmer Rouge commander Nuon Chea plans to seek the release of his client ahead of a trial.

The lawyer, Son Arun, told VOA Khmer Monday he hopes to appeal the release to the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Khmer Rouge tribunal, but is studying the case against Nuon Chea before doing so.

Nuon Chea is accused of atrocity crimes, and court investigators said last week they wanted him detained to prevent his putting pressure on witnesses or fleeing the country.

Nuon Chea is without a foreign lawyer, but under the rules of the tribunal can seek one for his defense.