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Ieng Sary Detention Hearing Set for June

Jailed former Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Sary will have a June 30 hearing to determine the status of his detention, tribunal officials said Thursday.

Plagued by a number of health problems, Ieng Sary has sought in-house arrest, and his lawyers are asking that his hearing be limited in time.

The June 30 hearing will determine whether Ieng Sary is detained ahead of his trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. It will also address the question of whether a 1996 amnesty is valid, tribunal spokesman Reach Sambath said.

“Ieng Sary will be the last charged person in hearings among five suspects,” Reach Sambath.

Ieng Sary is currently under tribunal detention, along with his wife, Ieng Thirith, ideologue Nuon Chea, former nominal head Khieu Samphan, and former prison chief Kaing Khek Iev.

Ieng Sary has been hospitalized multiple times since his November 2007 arrest.

“I will propose to the court a limit to the hearing for a duration of only one hour and a half, cannot sit more than one hour and a half,” said lawyer Ang Udom. “He cannot sit for over one hour and a half.”

Ieng Sary had also lost weight while in detention, Ang Udom said.