Khmernews

Ieng Thirith Not Remanded on Bail

Posted by khmernews on July 10, 2008

By: La Yom

The Khmer Rough tribunal’s Pre-Trial Chamber (PTC) on 09 July 2008 issued a verdict in favor of the co-prosecutors’ decision to continue to put Ieng Thirith, wife of Ieng Sary, in provisional detention cell.

Her co-defense lawyers criticized the announcement of decision was not acceptable. The PTC denied any proposed condition, but accused her of being most responsible in the Democratic Kampuchea (DK) era.

PTC, presided over by President Prak Kimsan, released the decision on Thirith’s appeal, saying that the decision was unanimously made and is not subject to appeal and Ieng Thirith, former DK Social Affairs Minister, continued her term in provisional detention facilities, said Reach Sambath, KRT’s spokesman.

Ieng Thirith, wife of Ieng Sary, former KR Foreign Minister, had appealed to the court for a hearing against her provisional detention and the hearing was then held on 21 May 2008.

Chea Leang and Robert Petit, co-prosecutors, have appreciated the decision which states the reason of Thirith’s provisional detention. If released on bail, she could flee the country as Ieng Thirth was a former senior DK leader. She could disturb evidence and victims, the civil party plaintiffs.

Phat Pouv Seang criticized the decision on Ieng Thirith’s appeal against provisional detention announced by PTC was not acceptable, saying that co-judges did not agree to any condition he proposed. “The Pre-Trial Chamber was partial by accusing Ieng Thirith of crimes against humanity and of holding most responsible role in DK,” he said.

The co-defense lawyer expected that his client’s condition citation must be made in the next plenary hearing, which should not be done like this.

Ieng Thirith should have been ensured to be released on bail as she lives with her children in a house with a permanent address, he added. In the proposed seven conditions, his client is willing to put her own curfew by living in her own house or in her children’s house. Visiting the province or doing something in a house, she could inform the tribunal or the police. She can not flee anywhere because of aging and illness and her passport had been confiscated.

Phat Pouv Seang considered the judgement injustice.

Extracted from Rasmey Kampuchea – Vol 16, #4637, Thursday, 10 July 2008.

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