Monday, July 10, 2006

Prosecutors in Cambodia begin Khmer Rouge probe

Prosecutors for Cambodia's new Khmer Rouge tribunal have started their probe of surviving leaders of the regime.

Two of the UN-backed tribunal's prosecutors are deciding which of the men should face trial.

They will collect evidence and documents before they issue the indictments.

A total of 17 Cambodian and 10 UN-appointed foreign judges were sworn in last week.

The Khmer Rouge has been blamed for the deaths of up to two million people in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979.

Surviving members of the regime are in their 70s and 80s, prompting fears that they could die before facing justice.

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