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The Khmer Rouge trial in Cambodia

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Former Khmer Rouge Official Seeks Release

In their detention order in November, the investigating judges said Ieng Sary is being prosecuted for supporting Khmer Rouge policies that were “characterized by murder, extermination, imprisonment, persecution on political grounds and other inhuman acts such as forcible transfers of the population, enslavement and forced labor.”

Ieng Sary has dismissed the charges as “unacceptable” and demanded evidence to support them, according to court documents.

On Monday, the defense demanded that Ieng Sary be placed under either house arrest or protective hospitalization and undergo proper psychiatric examination to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.

Ieng Sary’s “weak physical and mental capacity” makes him unable to fully assist his lawyers, Michael Karnavas, an American lawyer from Alaska, told the court.

Summing up the trial till today, firstly the Khmer Rouge no2 said that he was going to tell all at trial, to later saying he was innocent. Then, Ieng Sary and his wife were arrested and later Khieu Shampan, Pol Pot’s confident, was also arrested. Ieng Sary’s statements are going to be very important, even if he denies everything in front of the victims of this genocide.

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Written by Claudia

July 3, 2008 at 1:44 am

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