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More public hearings

THE Khmer Rouge tribunal is to begin today a string of public hearings for three of the five former regime leaders detained at the court, with lawyers arguing again for the release of their ageing clients based on their ailing health and a lack of evidence.

Ieng Thirith, the regime's former minister for social affairs, will face the court first on Tuesday. Her husband and former minister for foreign affairs, Ieng Sary, will be heard Thursday, followed by the regime's former head of state Khieu Samphan on Friday.

"Ieng Thirith is very old and sick," Ieng Thirith's Cambodian co-lawyer, Phat Pouv Seang, told the Post Monday. "We would like the court to release her because the judges cannot find enough evidence to charge her."



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