Khieu Samphan Not Yet Discharged
Posted by khmernews on June 16, 2008
Phnom Penh: Former Democratic Kampuchea State Presidium Chairman Khieu Samphan, ill with hypertension, has not been discharged from well-known state-run Calmette Hospital yet up to May 28, while the other four ailing Khmer Rouge leaders have not been reported in serious conditions that need hospitalization.
Reach Sambath, spokesman for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, said May 26 that Khieu Samphan had a health problem and had been hospitalized on May 21, 2008. Up to the morning of May 28, he still has not been taken to the tribunal’s detention facilities in Choam Chao.
“However, his illness is not in a serious condition yet, but the doctors recommend Khieu Samphan continue to be in hospital for a while,” he said.
Reach Sambath claimed that other 3 senior Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary and Ieng Thirith, who also had health problems, were not in a serious condition that needed to be taken to hospital yet. “However, the tribunal is carefully observing their health conditions with doctors,” said the spokesman.
Meanwhile, another person highly responsible for the Khmer Rouge regime Duch (Kaing Guek Eav), who relatively has the least problems with health, is in no condition of hospitalization.
The Khmer Rouge tribunal had adjourned the hearing of appeal by Khieu Samphan against his provisional detention due to his high blood pressure.
An official of a Cambodia’s mental health organization told Rasmei Kampuchea on May 27 that the treatment and the motivation for the surviving victims of the Khmer Rouge mass killings were very necessary for them to see and get justice so that their trauma would heal after the Khmer Rouge trials. “However, the main tasks for the relevant people at the present and in the future are to cure the five Khmer Rouge detainees of their illnesses and give them for their mental health. If their metal health is not well, it could worsen their existing physical illnesses. And the hearing on the people who can’t stand, speak and remember will be of no use. Their trials in which they can’t speak or are not present will be like the trial of Pol Pot and Ieng Sary on July 19, 1979, which was conducted in absentia. The results were not generally accepted,” said the official.
-Extracted from Rasmei Kampuchea, vol. 16, #4600, Wednesday, May 28, 2008.