Nuon Chea’s High Blood Pressure Halts Questioning?

Posted by khmernews on October 8, 2007

Due to Nuon Chea’s rocketing blood pressure, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal stops questioning

Phnom Penh: Nuon Chea’s attorney said September 28 that his client’s blood pressure rocketed up very often while he was under the detention at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.
Before the Khmer Rouge Tribunal was fully operated, there had already been concerns over the fragile health and old age of former Khmer Rogue leaders most responsible for the death of Cambodians between 1975 and 1979.

A few days after being arrested from Pailin to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Nuon Chea was brought for a medical checkup in Calmette Hospital. Sun Arun, Nuon Chea’s attorney, told Rasmei Kampuchea on September 28 that up to present the results of the health check were not given yet. “A lot of doctors have checked Nuon Chea’s health. Therefore, the committee will meet up to conclude the results of Nuon Chea’s health reports,” he said.

“Nuon Chea’s blood pressure rockets up very often. And for this reason, the judges had to stop the questioning so that he could take a rest,” said the attorney, adding that Nuon Chea’s blood pressure went high after he could not sleep in the night before.

However, the attorney claimed that Nuon Chea’s health condition was normal.

Nuon Chea is the second former Khmer Rouge leader detained under the provisional detention order after he was arrested on September 19 in Pailin. Nuon Chea, 81, has been charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Concerning the Khmer Rouge issue, Julio A Jeldres, Norodom Sihanouk’s official biographer, has recently written an article to defend the retired king in response to Lao Mong Hay, who requested to strip off the former king’s immunity before the trials of former Khmer Rouge leaders. In the article on September 27, Jeldres said that the former king had not joined with the Khmer Rouge. “Samdech Norodom Sihanouk resigned from the head of state of Democratic Kampuchea in 1976, so it was impossible that he was an “accomplice” in the terrified events occurred in Cambodia after that,” said Jodres. Meanwhile, he raised the opinions of some leaders and diplomats to prove that the former king had not been related to the Khmer Rouge regime.

“Norodom Sihanouk was the head of state who was not related to the daily tasks of the government,” an Egyptian diplomat was quoted as saying by Jodres after he had visited Cambodia in March 1976 and had talked to the Office of U.S. Mission in Beijing.

Unofficial Translation
-Extracted from Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol. 15, #4402, Saturday, September 29, 2007.


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