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Genocide panel indicts ex-official

August 13, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Cambodia's genocide tribunal formally indicted a former prison chief of the country's notorious Khmer Rouge.

Kaing Geuk Eav, known as Duch, is accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes. His Phnom Penh prison was used as a torture center.

He was taken into custody last year with four other senior members of the Khmer Rouge, which held power in the late 1970s.

The radical policies of the communist Khmer Rouge are considered responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million people from starvation, disease, overwork and execution.

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