The health condition of Ieng Thirith, 80, considered to be the first lady of the former Khmer Rouge, is deteriorating. It seems unlikely that she will be able to face charges that have been levied against her in regard to spreading crime, genocide and causing famine in Cambodia.
The same charges were levied against other two members and they have attended the court proceeding as well. However, it does not seem that Thirith would be able to attend the criminal charges being levied on her.
Prosecutor Tarik Abdulhak was of the view that it has been requested in front of judges that further medical tests should be carried out on Thirith and she should be allowed for medical treatment. "It is therefore unlikely that she will face a trial again in any immediate or foreseeable period of time and therefore the grounds for her continued detention", said Abdulhak.
Abdulhak said that he has even asked the court to cancel all the pending court proceedings against Ieng Thirith. By which, it does not mean at all that indictment against her would get cancelled.
Even court has agreed that mental condition of Thirith is on decline. "We are quite firm in our opinion that Ieng Thirith has significant dementia. We have tried the treatments that are available", said John Campbell, one of the three experts being appointed by the court.
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