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Court lists charges for next phase of Khmer Rouge trial

Cambodia's UN-backed Khmer Rouge court on Monday listed charges in the next trial of two former regime leaders, including the genocide of Vietnamese people and ethnic Muslims, forced marriages and rape. The complex case of the regime's two most senior surviving leaders has been split into a series of smaller trials, initially focusing on the forced evacuation of people into rural labour camps and related charges of crimes against humanity. The first trial against "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea, 87, and former head of state Khieu Samphan, 82, was completed late last year.

N.Korea crimes on par with Nazis, Khmer Rouge: UN probe

The crimes of North Korea's regime are as chilling as those of the Nazis, the apartheid regime or Cambodia's Khmer Rouge and must be stopped, the head of a UN inquiry said Monday. "Contending with the great scourges of Nazism, apartheid, the Khmer Rouge and other affronts required courage by great nations and ordinary human beings alike," Michael Kirby told the UN Human Rights Council. "It is now your solemn duty to address the scourge of human rights violations and crimes against humanity in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," he said. nl-jwf/ec

Cambodian garment workers join opposition protests

Thousands of Cambodian garment workers on Thursday joined anti-government protests demanding that Prime Minister Hun Sen step down and call a new election. The opposition had urged the textile industry's vast workforce to join its daily rallies in the capital against Hun Sen, and the workers' participation is a boost to efforts to challenge the long-ruling strongman. Hun Sen last week rejected opposition calls for him to step down and call a new vote to settle allegations of vote-rigging in July elections.

Khmer Rouge duo deny 'Killing Fields' role as case nears end

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - It might be the last time Cambodians hear the words of the elderly men prosecutors say were most responsible for the deaths and suffering of millions under the Khmer Rouge's 1970s "Killing Fields" rule. There were no last-ditch pleas for forgiveness from the two defendants, the right-hand men of the late Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, who protested their innocence in their final arguments before a U.N.-backed court hoping to deliver justice before the accused die, or donors' funding dries up.

Top Khmer Rouge leaders maintain innocence

Cambodia's top surviving Khmer Rouge leaders refused to admit guilt Thursday at the end of a two-year trial billed as a chance for reconciliation, angering victims of the brutal regime. Prosecutors are demanding life imprisonment for "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea and ex-head of state Khieu Samphan for the "Killing Fields" era atrocities, which left up to two million people dead in the late 1970s. Addressing the country's UN-backed tribunal in his final statement before a verdict, Nuon Chea, 87, blamed everything on "treacherous" subordinates.

Top Khmer Rouge accused seeks acquittal

The top surviving leader of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge expressed a "moral responsibility" Thursday to victims of the regime, but urged a UN-backed court to acquit him of crimes against humanity. Prosecutors are demanding the maximum sentence of life imprisonment for "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea, 87, and ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, 82, for their roles in a regime that left up to two million people dead in the late 1970s.

Cambodia court races death, dwindling resources to rule on Khmer Rouge war crimes

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The clock is ticking at Cambodia's Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal, where the two elderly defendants are in poor health and funds vital for bringing some semblance of justice for the horrors of the "Killing Fields" era are fast drying up. On trial are 87-year-old "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea and former president Khieu Samphan, 81, the right-hand men of the late Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, whose dream of a peasant utopia claimed as many as 2.2 million Cambodian lives from 1975-1979.

Life sentence sought for Cambodia's KRouge leaders

Prosecutors demanded life imprisonment Monday for two former leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge accused of crimes against humanity, delighting survivors hoping for long-awaited justice for the "Killing Fields" atrocities. "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea, 87, and ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, 82, are accused of playing a leading role in the communist regime's reign of terror in the late 1970s that left up to two million people dead. Prosecutor Chea Leang said life in prison was "the only punishment that they deserve".

Life sentence sought for Cambodia's KRouge leaders

Prosecutors at Cambodia's Khmer Rouge court on Monday demanded the maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment for two former top regime leaders on trial for crimes against humanity. "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea, 87, and ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, 82, are accused of playing a leading role in the "Killing Fields" atrocities in the late 1970s that left up to two million people dead. Prosecutor Chea Leang said life in prison was "the only punishment that they deserve".

Prosecutors call for life sentences for 2 Khmer Rouge leaders

The prosecutors of a U.N.-backed court called Monday for life sentences for two former Khmer Rouge leaders who are blamed for the deaths of nearly 2 million Cambodians in the late 1970s. Chea Leang, a co-prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, made the call in the trial of Nuon Chea, 87, former head of the Khmer Rouge parliament known as Brother No. 2, and Khieu Samphan, 82, the former Khmer Rouge head of state.
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