November 21, 2011 |
Three top Khmer Rouge leaders accused of helping mastermind Cambodia's "killing fields" in the 1970s went on trial in Phnom Penh on Monday as hundreds of victims and curious onlookers arrived at the court from around the country to witness the proceedings. The U.N.-backed trial is expected to take months. Furthermore, there's often been a significant delay in past tribunals between the end of testimony and the verdict. This reflects in part the highly political nature of these proceedings in a nation where feelings about that brutal period of history are still raw and many of those who served in the Khmer Rouge remain prominent in society.
March 14, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- The death Thursday of one of the last senior leaders of Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime before his trial concluded underscores flaws in the war-crimes tribunal process that threaten to undermine the pursuit of global justice, according to lawyers, human rights activists and victims. Ieng Sary, 87, who died after a battle with heart disease and high blood pressure, was co-founder and foreign minister of the Khmer Rouge. An estimated 1.7 million Cambodians, one quarter of the nation's population at the time, died of disease, starvation, forced labor and execution during its 1975-79 reign.
October 9, 1996 |
Hundreds of hard-line Khmer Rouge guerrillas in at least five divisions have agreed to join Cambodian government forces. Analysts said the move would put pressure on Ieng Sary, foreign minister during the 1975-1979 Khmer Rouge regime, to speed up the process of reconciling his forces with the government. Ieng Sary began merger talks after receiving a royal pardon Sept. 14 from a death sentence for his role in the genocide of more than 1 million Cambodians during the Khmer Rouge's rule.
November 12, 2007 |
Police detained former Khmer Rouge Foreign Minister Ieng Sary and took him to Cambodia's U.N.-assisted genocide tribunal today for prosecution. Tribunal spokesman Reach Sambath said Ieng Sary and his wife, Ieng Thirith, had been brought to court according to a warrant issued by the tribunal, but he gave no details of the charges they faced.
September 15, 1996 |
King Norodom Sihanouk granted amnesty Saturday to a Khmer Rouge rebel leader widely blamed for involvement in the deaths of as many as 2 million people, including members of the royal family. Sihanouk apparently bowed to the wishes of the country's two co-premiers, who hope the pardon for Ieng Sary will help end two decades of civil war.
August 23, 1996 |
Politicians struggled over how to handle the case of a Khmer Rouge leader implicated in the deaths of 2 million Cambodians during the 1970s but now negotiating peace with the government. King Norodom Sihanouk--at varying times an ally, foe and prisoner of the Khmer Rouge--says only overwhelming public support would persuade him to pardon dissident leader Ieng Sary.