Monday, June 27, 2011

Start the trial of a leader of the Red Khmer holocaust in Cambodia

Today began the trial of four leaders of the Red Khmer still living for the crimes committed by the Maoist organization more than three decades ago in Cambodia, which killed nearly two million people, a quarter of the population, through torture, executions, starvation and exhaustion. Aged and abandoned by the army of guerrillas to spray the country who ordered the three men and women who were part of the leadership led by Pol Pot, face charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, murder , torture and persecution on religious and race against the minority Muslim Chams, Vietnamese people and the community of monks.

The case remains on the international tribunal created by the United Nations five years ago in order to render justice to victims, and so far only had judged Kaing Guek Eav, Ducth, director of the main torture center of the guerrillas, condemned to a term of 35 years in prison, later reduced to 19 years.

The defendants are Khieu Samphan, 79 and president of the Red Khmer government of Democratic Kampuchea called, Nuon Chea, 84 and considered the number two of the regime, Ieng Sary, 85, who served as minister Affairs, and his wife, Ieng Thirit, 79 and then head of Social Affairs. The four, who have denied the allegations repeatedly, showed no emotion during the reading of the opening statements in a process televised on national TV.

Nearly five hundred people, most of them victims of torture or relatives of those who perished, have crowded into the courtroom, separated from the defendants, lawyers and the court by a glass partition. The initial hearing will last four days, will seek legal issues, including selection of witnesses and especially if he can be tried again Ieng Sary, considering that a national court sentenced him to death in absentia for genocide in 1979, but then received a royal amnesty in 1996.

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