PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Cambodia's genocide tribunal has formally indicted four former leaders of the Khmer Rouge, paving the way for its second trial to begin next year.
The UN-assisted tribunal said Thursday its investigating judges issued the indictment after completing their investigation.
The trial is expected to begin by the middle of next year against Nuon Chea, the group's ideologist; former head of state Khieu Samphan; former Foreign Minister Ieng Sary; and his wife Ieng Thirith, the ex-minister for social affairs.
They each face four charges, including crimes against humanity, genocide, murder and religious persecution.
Their 1970s communist regime is believed responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million people.