Ieng Thirith

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Ieng Thirith
Ieng Thirith - 19 Oct 2011.jpg
Minister of Social Affairs
In office
9 October 1975 – 7 January 1979
Prime MinisterPol Pot
Personal details
Khieu Thirith

10 March 1932
Battambang, Cambodia
Died22 August 2015(2015-08-22) (aged 83)
Pailin, Cambodia
Spouse(s)Ieng Sary
(m. 1951–2013; his death)

Ieng Thirith (née Khieu;[1] Khmer: អៀង ធីរិទ្ធ;[2] 10 March 1932[3] – 22 August 2015) was an important Cambodian figure and political criminal in the Khmer Rouge, but was neither a member of the Khmer Rouge Standing Committee nor of the Central Committee.[4]

Thirith was the widow of Ieng Sary, who was minister of foreign affairs of Democratic Kampuchea's Khmer Rouge regime. She served as Minister of Social Affairs from October 1975 until the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979.[5]

Arrest[change | change source]

She was arrested & charged by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in November 2007 with her husband, Ieng Sary, on suspicion of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. She was sentenced to house arrest. Her sentence was lifted in 2012 due to mental health.

Death[change | change source]

Thirith died from complications of Alzheimer's disease in Pailin at the age of 83.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. David Chandler: "Voices from S-21", Chapter 3: "Choosing Enemies", p.69. University of California, 1999. "In mid-1976 Khieu Thirith, who was Ieng Sary's wife and Pol Pot's sister-in-law (...)"
  2. "តួឯកក្នុងសំណុំរឿង០០២៖ អៀង ធីរិទ្ធ (IENG THIRITH)" [Starred in Case 002: Ieng Thirith] (in Khmer). Archived from the original on 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  3. Summons - Expert. Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: 18 August 2011.
  4. ECCC, Co-Investigative Judges, Closing Order, 15 September 2010, para. 1207.
  5. "Ieng Thirith". Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  6. Obituary

Other websites[change | change source]