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Khmer Rouge leaders to face UN war crimes court

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Khmer Rouge leaders to face UN war crimes court


Cambodia’s UN-backed war crimes court has issued genocide charges for the first time against two leaders of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime.

Ex-foreign minister Ieng Sary, also known as Brother Number Three, and the former Khmer Rouge Number Two, Nuon Chea, are accused of carrying out atrocities during the 1970s.

Two other leaders accused of crimes against humanity are expected to go on trial early next year.

Pol Pot, the founder and leader of the Khmer Rouge, died in a camp along the border with
Thailand in 1998.

Up to two million people are thought to have died from execution, starvation or over work as a result of the hardline communist regime’s policies.

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