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AP: Ex-Khmer Rouge Leader Admits Genocide

Former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan acknowledged Tuesday for the first time that his regime committed genocide, ahead of his expected appearance at a U.N.-sponsored tribunal. His surprising admission in an interview with The Associated Press appeared to be an attempt to begin giving his version of his role in Cambodia’s bloody history before his likely prosecution for genocide and crimes against humanity. Khieu Samphan, one of the few surviving top leaders of the communist Khmer Rouge, reiterated he personally never ordered any killings and insisted he learned the full extent of the killings only two months ago from a documentary. Full Story

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