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Khmer Rouge ‘First Lady’ to be released: Cambodian court

Last Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 12:46

Zeenews Bureau

Phnom Penh: Ieng Thirith, former senior leader of Khmer Rouge is slated to be released from the detention as she was on Thursday declared unfit to stand trial for genocide by Cambodia’s UN-backed war crimes court.

The female leader, better known as, Khmer Rouge ‘First Lady’, is reported to be suffering from a form of dementia and memory loss. The Cambodian court’s statement also mentions about her cognitive impairment being “likely irreversible".

"As there is no prospect that the accused can be tried in the foreseeable future, the trial chamber has confirmed the severance of the charges" against her, said a statement from the UN-back tribunal.

Ieng Thirith was minister for social affairs during the Khmer Rouge’s brutal 1970s reign.

She is accused of involvement in the “planning, direction, coordination and ordering of widespread purges” and was charged with crimes against humanity, genocide, homicide, torture and religious persecution.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 12:46
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