PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia's UN-backed genocide tribunal said it has moved a step closer to trying four former senior members of the Khmer Rouge after rejecting their appeals to drop the indictments against them.
The tribunal said Nuon Chea, the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologist; Khieu Samphan, its head of state; Ieng Sary, its foreign minister; and his wife Ieng Thirith, who was minister for social affairs, were ordered Thursday to be sent for trial. No date was mentioned for the trial to begin, though court officials had previously targeted midyear.
Charges against the four include crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes and murder, torture and religious persecution. An estimated 1.7 million people died under the Khmer Rouge's rule in the late 1970s.