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Khmer Rouge 'first lady' discharged from hospital in Thailand

Published on Aug 4, 2014 4:58 PM
 
In a file picture taken on March 21, 2013 Cambodian former Khmer Rouge leader ex-social affairs minister Ieng Thirith cries during the funeral of former Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary in Malai, near the Cambodian-Thai border some 400km north-west of Phnom Penh. The former "first lady" of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime has been discharged from a Thai hospital after an improvement in her health, her lawyer said on Monday, Aug 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - The former "first lady" of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime has been discharged from a Thai hospital after an improvement in her health, her lawyer said Monday.

Ieng Thirith, 82, returned to Cambodia last week, days before the UN-backed court which freed her delivers its verdict on the two most senior surviving members of the Khmer Rouge.

The case against Ieng Thirith was suspended after the court ruled dementia left her unfit to stand trial, releasing her from detention in September 2012 after around five years.

The widow of Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary - and herself a social affairs minister under the regime - had been hospitalised in Thailand since March.

 
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