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Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith Insist Evidence Be Shown

Posted by khmernews on November 21, 2007

By Bopreuk

Phnom Penh: Ieng Sary and Ieng Thirith, former leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, have requested the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s Co-Investigating Judges to show the evidence of their crimes and insisted that they be released on bail. The request is made after the Co-Investigating Judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has decided to detain both of them provisionally up to one year.
According to an official document from the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Co-Investigating Judges You Bunleng and Marcel Lemonde on November 14 placed both of the accused under the provisional detention orders for the period up to one year.

Ieng Sary, alias Van, born on 25 October 1925, has been accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes whilst Ieng Thirith, known as Phea, born on 10 March 1932, Ieng Sary’s wife, has been charged with crimes against humanity.

Ieng Sary has been known as the deputy prime minister and foreign minister of the Democratic Kampuchea regime. In response to the Co-Investigating Judges, Ieng Sary requested that evidence of his crimes be shown and claimed that some of the charges were not acceptable. Ieng Sary has also requested that he be released on bail.

Ieng Thirith has been known as the social affairs and education minister of the Democratic Kampuchea regime. Ieng Thirith has disagreed with the charges brought up against her and stated that the claim of the Co-Prosecutors were completely wrong. Ieng Thirith said that she had had no relation with Nuon Chea at all and that she hated him (Nuon Chea) very much since she had known that Nuon Chea was not a good person. Ieng Thirith has suggested that she be released on bail and be watched by the police, if she is released.

According to the above document released by the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, the Co-Investigating Judges explain in detail the conclusive evidence of the decision to detain the two former Khmer Rouge leaders.

“To date, none of the documents produced by the defence leads us to beilieve that the Charged Person’s state of health is incompatible with detention. [The] provisional detention is necessary to prevent any pressure on witnesses and victims, that it is also necessary to ensure the presence of the charged person during ht proceedings; and finally, that is necessary to preserve public order and protect the safety of the Charged Person,” the Co-Investigating Judges claimed in their document.

Ieng Sary and Ieng Thirith were brought to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal on November 14. They are two amongst the five former senior Khmer Rouge leaders who are still surviving.
Unofficial Translation
-Extracted  from Rasmei Kampuchea, Vo. 15, #4439, Saturday, November 17, 2007.

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