Genocide trial for Khmer Rouge leaders begins

Genocide trial for Khmer Rouge leaders begins

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, July 30 (UPI) --Two surviving members of the Khmer Rouge went on trial for genocide in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.
By United Press International

Prosecution rests in trial of 2 former Khmer Rouge leaders

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Prosecutors at the Khmer Rouge trial in Cambodia rested their case against two Khmer Rouge leaders, saying a fair verdict would be life in prison.

Prosecutors seek life in prison for 2 former Khmer Rouge leaders

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Prosecutors asked for sentences of life in prison for two Khmer Rouge officers, telling a tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a lesser punishment was inadequate.

Closing statements begin in Khmer Rouge massacre trial

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Cambodia's war crimes tribunal has started hearing closing statements in the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders accused of leading the massacre of up 1.7 million people.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 25, 2013.
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Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy returns

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, July 19 (UPI) -- Tens of thousands of people greeted Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy Friday on his return to the country after four years in exile.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, June 21, 2013.
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Thousands protest in Cambodia over Khmer Rouge denial

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, June 9 (UPI) -- Protesters gathered across Cambodia Sunday demanding the vice president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party apologize for denying Khmer Rouge regime crimes.

Denying Khmer Rouge atrocities now crime in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, June 7 (UPI) -- Cambodia has made denial of Khmer Rouge atrocities a crime, a law some observers say is aimed at a political opponent of the prime minister.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 19, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, April 15, 2013
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Khmer Rouge figure fit to stand trial

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, March 29 (UPI) -- Nuon Chea, known as "Brother No. 2" in Cambodia's bloody Khmer Rouge regime, is fit to stand trial for genocide and war crimes, the United Nations said Friday.

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Ex-Khmer Rouge deputy found fit for trial

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, March 26 (UPI) -- A former top official of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge is physically and mentally fit to stand trial for crimes against humanity, two medical experts have testified.
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Pol Pot
Cambodia's Prime Minister, Hun Sen, during his official visit to Japan, speaks to the press in Tokyo on June 14, 2007. He expressed strong desire for a quick commencement of the trial of the Pol Pot regime, stressing that a bright future of his country cannot come until its justice is done. During his visit, he meets business leaders to lure more trade with and investment in Cambodia. (UPI Photo/keizo Mori)

Saloth Sar (May 19, 1925 – April 15, 1998), better known as Pol Pot, (Khmer: ប៉ុល ពត), was the leader of the Cambodian communist movement known as the Khmer Rouge and was Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea from 1976–1979. Pol Pot's leadership, in which he attempted to "cleanse" the country, resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1.7–2.5 million people.

Pol Pot became leader of Cambodia in mid-1975. During his time in power, Pol Pot imposed a version of agrarian socialism, forcing urban dwellers to relocate to the countryside to work in collective farms and forced labor projects, toward a goal of "restarting civilization" in a "Year Zero". The combined effects of forced labour, malnutrition, poor medical care and executions resulted in the deaths of approximately 21% of the Cambodian population.

In 1979, after the invasion of Cambodia by neighboring Vietnam in the Cambodian–Vietnamese War, Pol Pot fled into the jungles of southwest Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge government collapsed. From 1979 to 1997 he and a remnant of the old Khmer Rouge operated from the border region of Cambodia and Thailand, where they clung to power, with nominal United Nations recognition as the rightful government of Cambodia.

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