17 May '11, 12pm

Court orders elderly Khmer Rouge suspect stay locked up: PHNOM PENH - Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes court said...

Court orders elderly Khmer Rouge suspect stay locked up: PHNOM PENH - Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes court said...

PHNOM PENH - Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes court said on Tuesday it had rejected a request to free ailing former Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Sary from custody ahead of his genocide trial. Judges said the continued detention of the 85-year-old, who was a foreign minister during the regime's "Killing Fields" era, was necessary to prevent him from fleeing. One of the few public faces of the secretive movement, Ieng Sary faces charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, in relation to two million deaths from starvation, overwork and executions between 1975-1979. "The Trial Chamber rejects the accused's request for release," a statement from the court said, adding that "he shall remain in detention until the Chamber's judgment is handed down". The decision was widely expected because the release of the high-profile suspect would have caused an outcry in Cambodia....

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