The body of former Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Sary was cremated Thursday at a ceremony in his home village in a former Khmer Rouge stronghold. Columns of black smoke rose from the crematorium built in front of his small home in Dong village, Malai district, Banteay Meanchey province, as more than 1,000 people stood in attendance, most of them former Khmer Rouge cadre. The former foreign minister of the Khmer Rouge was facing an atrocity crimes trial when he died at age 87, in a Phnom Penh hospital on March 14. VOA Khmer's Kong Sothanarith has more from Banteay Meanchey province.
The body of Ieng Sary, who co-founded Cambodia's Khmer Rouge movement, was cremated near the border with Thailand one week after his death. He was 87. His death came during the course of his trial with two other former Khmer Rouge leaders by a joint Cambodia-International tribunal. Pin Sisovann, VOA Khmer.
A new documentary from New Zealand, "Brother Number One," tells the story of the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge killing of a yachtsman named Rob Hamill, one of the few foreigners to wind up in the Tuol Sleng torture center of the regime. VOA Khmer's Men Kimseng reports on the film, which screened recently in Washington.
Ieng Sary, the co-founder and foreign minister of the Khmer Rouge, died early Thursday morning, due to heart complications, officials said. Ieng Sary, who was 87, was on trial for atrocity crimes alongside two other aging regime leaders when he was hospitalized March 4. His death confirmed the worst fears of victims of the regime: that the leaders accused of crimes including genocide will not see justice under a tribunal that has struggled to complete its work. VOA Khmer's Kong Sothanarith reports from Phnom Penh.