Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Cambodia

Tribunal Witness Describes Trip Abroad by Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary

Suong Sikoeun, who traveled with the men, said they also visited Algeria, Egypt and Mauritania.

Ieng Sary, left, former Khmer Rouge foreign minister, and Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge head of state, during a trial for former Khmer Rouge top leaders, in Phnom Penh, file photo. Ieng Sary, left, former Khmer Rouge foreign minister, and Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge head of state, during a trial for former Khmer Rouge top leaders, in Phnom Penh, file photo.
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Ieng Sary, left, former Khmer Rouge foreign minister, and Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge head of state, during a trial for former Khmer Rouge top leaders, in Phnom Penh, file photo.
Ieng Sary, left, former Khmer Rouge foreign minister, and Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge head of state, during a trial for former Khmer Rouge top leaders, in Phnom Penh, file photo.
Kong SothanarithVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - Aging Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary worked closely together throughout the 1970s to build support for their Maoist movement, a witness told the UN-backed tribunal on Thursday.

Suong Sikoeun, 75, who had been an official for the foreign ministry, headed by Ieng Sary, told the court both former leaders were part of a delegation in April 1974 seeking international support for the Khmer Rouge, in Albania, Romania and Yugoslavia.

Suong Sikoeun, who traveled with the men, said they also visited Algeria, Egypt and Mauritania.

This was done to “seek their support in regards to the struggle of the Cambodian people,” he said.

By then the communist movement was a year away from its takeover of the country and its institution of Year Zero, the beginning of nearly four years of failed policies that aided in the deaths of some 1.7 million people.

Court prosecutors are seeking to show joint criminal action by the two men and Nuon Chea, the regime’s chief ideologue, who are all on trial together for atrocity crimes committed by the regime under their leadership.
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Defense Teams Leave Khmer Rouge Tribunal Hearingi
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18 October 2014
Defense lawyers for Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan boycotted an opening hearing for the two men on Friday, leaving the courtroom and putting the second and final phase of the trial for the two men in limbo. Nuon Chea’s team has asked for a disqualification of four judges, while Khieu Samphan’s team has asked for an appeal on an initial judgment against him. Neither request has yet been heard, but tribunal officials say they will be. It remains unclear what will happen next with the hearing. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)

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