The Straits Times
Published on Sep 14, 2012

Court delays release of Khmer Rouge 'First Lady'


PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodia's Khmer Rouge court on Friday delayed freeing the regime's former "First Lady", who has dementia, after prosecutors requested tighter conditions for the genocide suspect's release.

"The co-prosecutors have appealed against the court's decision to release Ieng Thirith and the conditions attached," court spokesman Neth Pheaktra told reporters in Phnom Penh. "They are not satisfied with the trial chamber's decision. They want a release with conditions."

The United Nations-backed tribunal ruled on Thursday that the 80-year-old, who experts say suffers from Alzheimer's disease, was mentally unfit for trial and should walk free, though the charges against her remain.

The news disappointed many survivors of the brutal 1975-1979 regime, blamed for the deaths of up to two million people.