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25 Years Later, Cambodia Proposes Trials of Khmer Leaders

Twenty-five years after Vietnamese tanks rolled into this capital, putting an end to the murderous Khmer Rouge regime, a top Cambodian government official said Wednesday that the time had come to put surviving leaders on trial. “The unfortunate Cambodians who both survived and were killed have to receive justice,” the official, Chea Sim, president of the governing Cambodian People’s Party, said at somber ceremonies here that recalled the end of a government that in less than four years killed about 1.7 million people, or as many as one-fourth of Cambodia’s population. Citing the Khmer Rouge’s “most cruel genocide policy,” Mr. Chea Sim said before a crowd of 10,000 that included Prime Minister Hun Sen, “We will be able to completely close down this dark chapter through the successful implementation of the law to form an extraordinary tribunal to judge the crimes committed under the Democratic Kampuchea regime.” Full Story

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