Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Chea (chā) nuon - Cambodian Communist with Bad Health

Now that Chea's been defined, what's that mean?

Former Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea is facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity between 1975 and 1979. While he waits for the trial to begin, Chea is dealing with other difficulties, according to his lawyer.

Son Arun, Nuon Chea's lawyer, said his client would appeal his detention and ask that he be released on bail because he "feels an absence of freedom in his detention, where all he does is eat and sleep."

"It is not like when he used to live with his family,'' Son Arun said, adding his client was in normal health and ready to appear before the hearing.
Chea's safety also is a concern if he were to be released.

[Guardian Unlimited]

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