Lawyer says Ieng Thirith not mentally fit

Ieng Thirith's sanity. The former Democratic Kampuchea social affairs minister is scheduled to go before the court this Wednesday to appeal her pre-trial detention. Thirith's lawyer claims he has Thai-language medical documents that prove his client is not mentally fit to stand trial. Given some of the defendants' advanced ages, the question of mental competence will no doubt continue to plague the tribunal. The Pre-Trial Chamber rejected Nuon Chea's request last month for an independent psychiatric evaluation. According to press accounts, Nuon has claimed his "thinking is unclear" and "his brain [is] not normal," the Open Society Justice Initiative reported. " />

Lawyer says Ieng Thirith not mentally fit

The judges determined that Nuon's fitness to stand trial was not an issue at this point because an indictment is not imminent, according to OSJI.

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