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Khmer Rouge 'First Lady' hospitalised in Thailand, says son

Published on May 23, 2014 3:20 PM
 
Cambodian former Khmer Rouge leader ex-social affairs minister Ieng Thirith cries during the funeral ceremony of former Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary in Malai, some 400km north-west of Phnom Penh on March 21, 2013. The former "First Lady" of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime has been hospitalised in neighbouring Thailand and is relying on a feeding tube and oxygen to survive, her son said Friday, May 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - The former "First Lady" of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime has been hospitalised in neighbouring Thailand and is relying on a feeding tube and oxygen to survive, her son said Friday.

Ieng Thirith, 82, who experts say has Alzheimer's disease, was released in September 2012 from the purpose-built detention facility at the UN-backed war crime court where she had been held since 2007, after she was ruled unfit to stand trial.

She has been hospitalised in Thailand since March with heart, urinary bladder, and lung problem, said her son Ieng Vuth, the deputy governor of northwester Pailin province, which is former Khmer Rouge stronghold.

"She has been in ICU in Thailand for two months now.... And her health is not improving at all," he told AFP by telephone.

 
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