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27-Jun-2011 00:01:32
The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia began trials today in Phnom Penh against the four remaining leaders of the Khmer Rouge. UNAKRT

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STORY: CAMBODIA / TRIBUNALS
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DATELINE: 27 JUNE 2011, PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

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Med shot, former head of state Khieu Samphan
Med shot, ex-minister for social affairs Ieng Thirith
Med shot, former foreign minister Ieng Sary
Various shots, Khmer Rouge ideologist Nuon Chea
Med shot, former foreign minister Leng Sary
Various shots, lawyers
Wide shot, judges entering the chamber
Med shot, lawyers
Various shots, audience

STORYLINE:

The United Nations (UN)-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) began trials against the four remaining leaders of the Khmer Rouge today (27 June).

The four top leaders include Khieu Samphan, the former head of State; Nuon Chea, ‘brother number two’ to Pol Pot; Ieng Sary, a former foreign minister; and Ieng Thirith, a former social affairs minister and wife of Ieng Sary.

Estimates vary but as many as two million people are thought to have died during the rule of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979, which was then followed by a protracted period of civil war in the impoverished South-East Asian country.

The court handed down its first verdict in July 2010, convicting Kaing Guek Eav – the man also known as Duch and who headed a notorious detention camp run by the Khmer Rouge – guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the ECCC was set up as an independent court using a mixture of Cambodian staff and judges and foreign personnel.

It is designated to try those deemed most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979.
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