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Ieng Sary, minister for Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, dies in hospital

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Ieng Sary, who was standing trial for crimes against humanity during his time as the Khmer Rouge's foreign minister in Cambodia in the 1970s, died on Thursday, the court said. Ieng Sary's death will dismay victims of the regime who fear those most responsible for their suffering will escape justice. An estimated 1.7 million people died during the ultra-maoist "killing fields" revolution of the Khmer Rouge and its leader, Pol Pot.

Ieng Sary, public face of Cambodia's genocide

Ieng Sary, the former Khmer Rouge foreign minister who died Thursday at the age of 87, was a student radical who emerged as one of the few public faces of Cambodia's brutal 1970s regime. After a long battle with health issues including heart problems, he died before Cambodia's UN-backed court could deliver a verdict on his role in a regime blamed for up to two million deaths. Ieng Sary had been on trial alongside two other senior Khmer Rouge leaders since late 2011, but he shed little light on his part in the horrors by exercising his right to remain silent.
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