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Wednesday, 14.11.2007: Public Opinion about the Arrest; Detaining Ieng Sary Is Not Related to Amnesty from Death Penalty

Posted on 15 November 2007. Filed under: Week 534 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 534

“Phnom Penh: Persons from civil society and politicians welcomed on 13 November that Mr. Ieng Sary and his wife Ms. Ieng Thirith were brought to the Khmer Rouge tribunal, based on an arrest warrant by the Khmer Rouge Tribunal co-prosecutors and investigating judges, for questioning about crimes against humanity and war crimes,.

“Ms. Pong Chiv Kek [Dr. Kek Galabru], the president, Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights, said that she welcomes the detention of Mr. Ieng Sary and his wife Ms. Ieng Thirith at the Khmer Rouge tribunal for questioning over crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. She continued, ‘We welcome their detention, because our citizens have waited for it for a long time.’ Ms. Pong Chiv Kek added, ‘Now the Khmer Rouge tribunal is in progress, it does not stand still any longer.’ She continued that she hopes that the court can find justice for the victims, though surely not for all.

“Mr. Ou Virak, the President of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, stated that he also welcomes the detention of Mr. Ieng Sary and his wife, as well as of the other former Khmer Rouge leaders for questioning over the killing of millions of people during their regime of darkness (1975-1979). He went on to say, ‘Mr. Ieng Sary and his wife are the people most responsible for their regime, and to detain them for questioning is right.’

“Mr. Keo Remy, a vice-president of the Human Rights Party, stated that he welcomes that Mr. Ieng Sary and his wife are brought to the Khmer Rouge court, because they were top leaders of the Democratic Kampuchea regime (1975-1979). However, he continued that the Khmer Rouge tribunal judges – Khmers and foreigners – should make fair judgments in order to find justice for nearly 2 million dead victims of the Democratic Kampuchea regime.

“Mr. Ieng Vuth, deputy governor of Pailin and Mr. Ieng Sary’s son, did not make any comments – by phone on 13 November 2007 – on the detention of his father and his mother by justice police officials of the Khmer Rouge tribunal, he just said, ‘I am a bit busy, I cannot answer.’

“Mr. Reach Sambath, the Khmer Rouge tribunal spokesperson, stated on 12 November 2007 that the arrest of Mr. Ieng Sary and his wife Ieng Thirith is a big case. He continued, ‘Journalists must be careful about writing reports related to this issue.’ However, Mr. Reach Sambath did not say whether Mr. Ieng Sary and his wife Ieng Thirith are to be kept in detention.

“Mr. Ieng Sary was given an amnesty by former King Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk in 1996 [for the death penalty which had been pronounced in absentia in 1981]. However, Ms. Pong Chiv Kek stated that this amnesty is related only to this death penalty sentence, not to the arrest at this time. She continued that now he is accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide.

“Mr. Sok An, a Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Council of Ministers, said that while we nearly reach the hearings of the pre-trial of the first case, we find that the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia is in progress faster than other international courts or other mixed courts. This progress is welcome, especially by Cambodian citizens who are victims of the crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime, who have waited for nearly 30 years.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6192, 14.11.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1492, 14.11.2007

  • Mr. Ieng Sary and Ms. Ieng Thirith Decide to Select Lawyers
  • Representatives of Workers Say Some Officials of the Ministry [of Social Affairs and Labor] Work as Advisors to [garment] Factories [Phnom Penh]
  • Unqualified Doctor Runs Illegal Clinics; He Injects a Patient [an overdose of] Medicines and the Patient Dies [his clinics is closed – Russey Keo, Phnom Penh]
  • Mreah Prov [large softwood tree] Oil Ovens with 30 Pots of [Vietnamese businessman] Lay Heng Operate in Pursat [with monthly corrupt payments of $50,000-$60,000 to officials]
  • Pursat Economic Police Seize Truck Transporting Anteaters
  • Pepper Plantation Starts to Have Market; Memut District Residents Rush to Plant Pepper Again [Kompong Cham]

Khmer Amatak, Vol.8, #525, 14.11.2007

  • Samdech Krom Preah [President of Norodom Ranariddh Party]: Mr. Sam Rainsy [President of Sam Rainsy Party] and Kem Sokha [President of Human Rights Party] Should Not Wait So Long to Join Together
  • Arrest of [former] Khmer Rouge Leaders Does Not Cause War, Like Hun Sen Was Afraid [mocking]
  • Gasoline Prices Skyrocket Because of Corruption

Khmer Mekong, Vol.5, #310, 14-16.11.2007

  • Political Parties Compete with Each Other to Gain Benefits through Gasoline [prices]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6192, 14.11.2007

  • Public Opinion on the Arrest; Detaining of Ieng Sary Is Not Related to Amnesty from Death Penalty
  • Municipal Authority Prepares 3,141 Security Forces to Maintain Security during Water Festival
  • US Government Provides Fund [of $74,000] for Cultural Conservation in Cambodia
  • Man Rapes Two Daughters of His Older Widowed Sister [he escapes – Trapeang Prasat, Oddar Meanchey]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3311, 14.11.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Denies Secret Talk with Hun Sen in Tuol Krasaing [Hun Sen’s headquarters]
  • Ieng Thirith Cries in Detention Center; Nuon Chea Appeals against the Accusation against Him
  • Military Officials of Brigade 70 and Corrupt Officials Still Collude with Dishonest Businesspeople to Export Wood

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4436, 14.11.2007

  • The Amnesty by Preah Mohavirak Khsatr [the Great Heroic King] Cannot Help Ieng Sary from Being Tried at Khmer Rouge Tribunal
  • Former Deputy of Ta Mok Detained on Accusation of Killing a British Deminer [and a Khmer translator in 1996]
  • Committee for Free and Fair Elections: Parliamentarians of Cambodian People’s Party [CPP] Are Leading in Visiting Voters
  • Delegation of the Cambodian People’s Party Visits Vietnam
  • Japanese Company [World Link Japan] Wants to Come to Plant Acacia Trees for Export

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3185, 14.11.2007

  • State Collects Gasoline Tax of Riel 1,270 [approx. US$0.30] per Liter

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #551, 14.11.2007

  • Khmer Rouge Tribunal Has Psychiatrists for Treatment of Sickness of Ieng Sary and Ieng Thirith; 5th Suspect Khieu Samphan Leaves Phnom Penh for Pailin

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