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Khmer Rouge court nixes hearings due to Nuon Chea’s health

The Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday announced that it would suspend hearings for the rest of the week, due to the ongoing health concerns of co-accused Nuon Chea, who was admitted to the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital with acute bronchitis after collapsing Sunday afternoon.

Court spokesman Lars Olsen said that ex-Khmer Rouge Brother Number Two Nuon Chea had declined to waive his right to be present during testimony, but said that “there are no updates about his condition”. 

It is unclear when hearings will resume, he added.

“We’re waiting for the trial chamber to say what will happen next,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stuart White at



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