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A Top Khmer Rouge Leader, Going Public, Pleads Ignorance

s Cambodia moves closer to convening a trial for the deaths of 1.7 million people under the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970’s, one of the movement’s top leaders has begun to plead his case publicly, claiming ignorance, innocence, shock and contrition. “I have found it so difficult to believe what people told me of what happened under the Khmer Rouge regime, but today I am very clear that there was genocide,” said the leader, Khieu Samphan, 72, in one of a series of interviews he has given reporters in recent days. Full Story

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