Cambodia: Former Khmer Rouge leader charged with crimes against humanity

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September 19, 2007 14:31




Nuon Chea, the top surviving leader of Cambodia's notorious Khmer Rouge, whose radical policies were responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people, was charged Wednesday with crimes against humanity and war crimes. Nuon Chea was arrested early Wednesday morning at his home in Pailin in northwestern Cambodia near the Thai border and flown to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, where he was put in the custody of a UN-supported genocide tribunal. The tribunal is investigating abuses committed when the communist Khmer Rouge held power in 1975-79. Their radical policies have been blamed for the deaths of their countrymen from starvation, ill health, overwork and execution.


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