Khmer Rouge: Ieng Thirith to be Detained
The U.N. backed genocidal court has decided that the First Lady of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime be detained against an earlier court decision which ruled Ieng Thirith be set free unconditionally due to illness which has made it impossible for her to face trial
The 79-year-old Ieng Thirith is thought to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
The three most senior surviving Khmer Rouge leaders are on trial for crimes against humanity.
They include Ieng Thirith’s husband Ieng Sary, who was the regime’s foreign minister.
Officials estimate that the Khmer Rouge killed up to 2.2 million people during its 1975-1979 rule.
Under supreme leader Pol Pot, the regime tried to build a Maoist peasant utopia, but descended into genocide as paranoid leaders sought to eliminate anyone who threatened them.
Ieng Thirith served as the regime’s social affairs minister, and was arrested and charged with the other leaders.
But medical experts declared her unfit to stand trial, and her release was ordered.
The tribunal judges ruled against the decision of the lower court said that she would be transferred to medical facility for treatment “which may help improve her mental health to such an extent that she becomes fit to stand trial”.
The other leaders on trial are Pol Pot’s deputy, Nuon Chea, and Khieu Samphan, the regime’s former head of state.
All three deny the charges they face.