Top Cambodian genocide leader arrested to face UN tribunal

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Bangkok, Sep 19 (UNI) The senior most surviving leader of Cambodia's genocidal regime of the mid-1970s was finally arrested today to face charges in a long-delayed international trial.

Nuon Chean, the number two leader of the ultra-left Khmer Rouge that presided over the 20th century's biggest mass killing in any country, was taken by helicopter from his home in rural northwest Cambodia to the capital Phnom Penh to face a UN-sponsored tribunal.

The octogenarian, once number two after top Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot and living freely for the past several years near the Thai-Cambodian border, will be charged with crimes against humanity.

Nearly two million Cambodians died from starvation, forced labour or were executed between the time the Khmer Rouge seized power in 1975 till its ouster in 1979 by the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia.

Attempts to bring the former Khmer Rouge leaders to justice stalled for years till the UN was finally able to set up an international court in Phnom Penh last year.


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