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200 Cham Muslims File Complaints With Tribunal

Two hundred Cham Muslims from 22 cities and provinces officially filed complaints against the Khmer Rouge with the special tribunal courts, officials said Friday.

The 200 were part of a larger group of 280 Muslim leaders whose representatives met with the Documentation Center of Cambodia this week.

The other 80 did not have enough documentation to warrant a tribunal complaint, center director Youk Chhang said Friday.

As many as 300,000 Chams died under the regime. However, some were also Khmer Rouge cadre.

"The suit from a minority group is important in helping the court to find if the Khmer Rouge regime [killing] was really a genocide or not," Youk Chhang said.

Tribunal spokesman Reach Sambath confirmed the co-prosecutor's office had received the suits.