U.N-backed court to end 1st trial of top Khmer Rouge leaders in Oct.

A U.N-backed court established to try former top Khmer Rouge leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity said Wednesday it will conclude the first trial of the regime's surviving leaders in October.

A statement by the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia said closing statements in Case 002/01 will begin Oct. 9 and run until Oct. 22.

On trial are Nuon Chea, known as Brother No. 2 in the Khmer Rouge, and Khieu Samphan who was head of state in Democratic Kampuchea.

The charges in Case 002/01 focus on crimes against humanity related to the forced movement of the population from Phnom Penh in April 1975 and later from other regions and the execution of Khmer Republic soldiers at Toul Po Chrey in northwestern province Pursat.

The statement said the co-prosecutors have been allocated three days, the civil party lead co-lawyers one day and the defense teams for Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan have been allocated two days each to present their closing statements.

One additional day is reserved for rebuttal.

The trial hearings in Case 002/01 ended Tuesday after sitting for 212 hearing days since the opening statements on Nov. 21, 2011.

Ninety-two individuals gave evidence during the hearings, including three expert witnesses, 52 fact witnesses, five character witnesses and 32 "civil parties."

During the hearings, parties to the case filed more than 290 written motions that resulted in more than 250 written or oral decisions.

Since the ECCC began in 2007, four senior leaders and one "most-responsible person" were charged and brought to trial.

So far, only Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, head of the regime's central prison, was convicted and sentenced.

Ieng Sary, the former foreign minister, died of old age and his wife Ieng Thirith, former minister of social affairs, was judged unfit to stand trial.

The Khmer Rouge regime is blamed for the deaths of at least 1.7 million Cambodians from 1975 to 1979.