Friday, September 17, 2010

Khmer Rouge Figures Indicted

Wall Street Journal
September 17, 2010

A United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia indicted four senior members of the former Khmer Rouge regime, assuring that the country will keep grappling with its war-time past for at least another year.

The trial, which is expected to begin by mid-2011, is likely to be far more complex—and possibly more controversial—than the recently completed case against former Khmer Rouge prison commander Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, who was convicted of crimes against humanity in July. That case drew international attention because it was the first international-tribunal trial against a Khmer Rouge member after the collapse of the regime, which governed Cambodia from 1975 to 1979 and is blamed for 1.7 million deaths in one of the worst genocides of the 20th century.