The Court of Appeals decided on November 3 to postpone the trial of former Khmer
Rouge commander Sam Bith because he is seriously ill and undergoing treatment at
Monivong Hospital, Bith's lawyer said.
Nou Chantha said he met with his client on November 2 to discuss the trial proceedings,
but at that time Bith could not speak or rise from his hospital bed. After explaining
Bith's condition, the Appeal Court agreed to postpone until an undisclosed later
Bith was arrested in 2002 and received a life sentence for his role in a 1994 train
attack which killed 13 Cambodians. Three Western backpackers were taken hostage and
Two other ex-KR commanders from the southwestern province of Kampot, Nuon Paet and
Chhouk Rin, also received life imprisonment for the killings and are presently detained
at Prey Sar prison.