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Khmer Rouge First Lady set free

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The most senior female figure of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime has been set free by the country’s war crimes tribunal.

80-year-old Ieng Thirith, the sister-in-law of Polpot who was known as the ‘Khmer Rouge First Lady’, was found mentally unfit to stand trial as experts say she is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

An estimated 1.7 to 2.2 million people – nearly a quarter of the population – died during the regime’s rule between 1975 to 1979.