Khmer Rouge head of state charged with genocide
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||18 December 2009|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Khmer Rouge head of state charged with genocide, 18 December 2009, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4b4456d2c.html [accessed 16 December 2017]|
December 18, 2009
An undated photo of forced labor under the Khmer Rouge
PHNOM PENH – Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal has charged Khieu Samphan, formerly head of the state for the Khmer Rouge regime, with genocide.
The 78-year-old former leader was charged over the massacres of Cambodia's Vietnamese and Muslim minorities during the Khmer Rouge 1975-79 rule.
He is the third Khmer Rouge leader to be charged with genocide this week, after the group's top ideologist, Nuon Chea, and the former foreign minister, Ieng Sary.
All three men had already been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Their trial is not expected to begin before 2011.
Up to 2 million people are thought to have died under the Khmer Rouge rule.
compiled from agency and BBC reports