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06/27/2011 CAMBODIA

Trial of the four major Khmer Rouge leaders opens in Phnom Penh

They are accused of genocide for having killed two million people, a fourth of the entire population. The court, supported by the UN, moves very slowly, in fact it is barley tolerated by the government.

Phnom Penh (AsiaNews / Agencies) – The trial for genocide against four major Khmer Rouge leaders still alive opened yesterday in Phnom Penh.

The four, charged with the death of nearly two million people, are Nuon Chea, "Brother Number Two", the head of state security, 84, Khieu Samphan, the former president, 79, Ieng Sary, "Brother number three", former foreign minister, 85, and his wife Ieng Thirith, former minister of social affairs, 79. Another of those responsible for genocide, Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, in charge of the S-21prison of Tuol Sleng, where 15 thousand people were tortured and killed, was sentenced in 2010 to 35 years in prison. Pol Pot, the "Brother Number One", died in 1998.

The Khmer Rouge regime ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979, with the goal of fully realizing the Marxist utopia. Everything was collectivized, the cities emptied, money abolished, intellectuals sent to "learn" the cultivation of the earth. All enforced by violence, torture and executions that cost the lives of one quarter of the population of the country.

The regime was ousted by a Vietnamese attack.

The court, supported by the United Nations, is moving very slowly, in fact it is barley tolerated by the government, whose Prime Minister Hun Sen, himself a former member of the Khmer Rouge, has told the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, other charges will not be permitted.

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Four more Khmer Rouge leaders put on trial
Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan, Ieng Sary and his wife Ieng Thirith. They are accused of genocide, torture and religious persecution. The work of the court is criticized for its silence and cost, beyond all expectations.

30/06/2008 CAMBODIA
Khmer Rouge leader denies accusations, calls to be set free because of "lack of proof"
Leng Sary, placed under pretrial detention by the regime, rejects the UN tribunal set up to judge five Khmer leaders for "genocide and crimes against humanity". Also behind bars, his wife Leng Thirith, former welfare minister for the regime of Pol Pot.

02/03/2009 CAMBODIA
Hun Sen could testify at trial of Khmer Rouge
The defense team has asked for permission to question the Cambodian prime minister and former king Norodom Sihanouk, because they possess "information relevant to the pending judicial investigation." Some of the current government leaders abandoned the Maoist movement before its fall.

18/12/2009 CAMBODIA - UN
Khieu Samphan, chief of the Khmer Rouge, accused of genocide
According to the United Nations international court he is responsible for the massacre of Vietnamese and Muslim Cham minority. Along with Ieng Sary and Nuon Chea he must answer for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The trial will begin in 2011.

23/11/2016 11:16:00 CAMBODIA
Phnom Penh, the UN court confirms life sentence for two former Khmer Rouge leaders

The judges reject appeal filed by the lawyers of Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, convicted of crimes against humanity. Both will face a second trial for genocide. Rejected the requests related to procedural flaws and lack of impartiality of the first instance. Tribunal President: life imprisonment "is a just punishment."

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