Ieng Sary Sent For Medical Checkup At Calmette Hospital

Posted by khmernews on February 22, 2008

Koh Keo

Phnom Penh: Ieng Sary, also known as Vann, former Foreign Minister of Democratic Kampuchea, has been sent for a medical checkup at the Calmette Hospital.
Reach Sambath, spokesman for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), told Kampuchea Thmey in the evening of the 29th of January 2008 that Ieng Sary had been taken to the Calmette Hospital on January 28, 2008 to undergo a medical checkup.

“That Ieng Sary was sent to Calmette Hospital was not related to his illness, but it was made to check his health only, since he is old,” said Reach Sambath, adding that after the checkup, Ieng Sary was returned to the detention facility on January 29 at 3.30 p.m.

“Regardless of the expenses, The Khmer Rouge tribunal is attempting its best to give him an adequate health service so that he can live a long life to face the law in the future,” said Reach Sambath.

This is the second time that former Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Sary has been sent to the Calmette Hospital after being arrested and sent to the Khmer Rouge tribunal. At present, the ECCC’s detention centre was equipped with air-conditioning and television, and former Khmer Rouge leaders are provided with newspapers and given time for doing physical exercise. It is said that an “ordinary” person cannot lead a [comfortable] life like them in prison. Most of Cambodians have no luck to stay in air-conditioning room like them.

Concerning the budgetary crisis of the Khmer Rouge tribunal, Reach Sambath said that the fund for the Cambodian side will run out in April 2008 while for the UN side at the end of 2008. However, Reach Sambath is optimistic that the tribunal will receive more funds for its complete process.

Ieng Sary, former Democratic Kampuchea Foreign Minister, and his wife Ieng Thirith, former Social Actions Minister arrested and detained in the ECCC’s detention facility on November 14, 2007 have been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Meanwhile, the ECCC is planning to hold the appeal hearing of Nuon Chea, former Brother Number 2 of Democratic Kampuchea, on February 4, 2008, as requested by his lawyers. However, Nuon Chea is not expected to be released on bail. That is to say, there is very little chance for his lawyer’s request. Yet, the co-judges are the only ones authorized to make decision on this issue.

Unofficial Translation
-Extracted from Kampuchea Thmey, Vol. 07, #1558, Wednesday, January 30, 2008.


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