Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - No timeline for Ieng Sary recovery

No timeline for Ieng Sary recovery

No timeline for Ieng Sary recovery

Former Khmer Rouge Foreign Minister Ieng Sary attends a hearing at the ECCC in 2010. Photograph: ECCC/POOL/Mak Remissa

Ieng Sary’s doctors established no definite time frame for his recovery at the Khmer Rouge tribunal today, only saying that it could take “a rather long time.”

According to Dr. Lim Sivutha and Dr. Ky Bousuor, two physicians involved with Sary’s treatment at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital, the former Khmer Rouge foreign minister is suffering not only from osteoporosis and a heart condition that is “serious, but stable,” but also from a condition known as vertebrobasilar insufficiency—caused in Sary’s case by a misaligned vertebra in the neck, which is restricting blood flow to the brain.

Materials published by the United States National Library of Health list numbness, vertigo, nausea and weakness among the condition’s symptoms, all of which are evident in Sary, said Sivutha.

“We have to avoid side effects and complications as a consequence of this surgery,” said Sivutha, when asked about potential surgical intervention. “Given his other conditions and his advancing age, surgery is a very remote possibility, but if we choose medication, it would take a rather long time to see the effects.”

Though Sary is currently capable of responding to questions, said Sivutha, he is unable to do so for more than roughly 15 minutes at a time before becoming exhausted.

When asked by Sary’s co-counsel Michael Karnavas if the ailing co-defendant—who has been hospitalized since September 7—could be faking, Sivutha said that doing so would be “almost impossible.”

In the afternoon, the court held a hearing to discuss calling expert Philip Short.

Karnavas has said that his client will not waive his right to be present for Short’s testimony, and that hearing the testimony without him would “violate Mr. Ieng Sary’s unqualified right to assist in his own defence and be present at the proceedings.”


  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Monks given ‘Samdech’ title for contributions

    Three senior monks on Thursday were given the highest-ranking title “samdech”, with Prime Minister Hun Sen saying that the promotions were due to their contributions to Buddhism. The three distinguished monks were promoted on Thursday morning at Botum Vatey pagoda in Phnom Penh, at a

  • Facing possible sanctions, PM criticises Washington’s rights record

    While United States congressmen are discussing the Cambodia Democracy Act and an amendment that could impose more sanctions against Cambodia’s government, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday counterattacked by questioning the respect of human rights and democracy under the US-backed Lon Nol regime, and