The Khmer Rouge’s former social affairs minister, Ieng Thirith, has died. The former regime leader who was found mentally incompetent to stand trial at the UN-backed tribunal in 2011, and Khmer Rouge survivors said Monday that her passing was another painful reminder how few of the leaders have faced trial. Family report her three-day funeral ceremony ended Monday night with Ieng Thirith’s cremation in the former Khmer Rouge stronghold of Pailin. She was 83. (Neou Vannarin, Phnom Penh)
Khmer Rouge leaders are currently on trial by the UN-backed tribunal for genocide. The tribunal is facing serious roadblocks, including Tuesday resignation of UN judge Mark Harmon. Judge Harmon's resignation, said to be made for personal reason, coincides with Cambodia's failed arrest of two key suspects he named for the indictment in the ongoing trial. VOA Khmer's Sok Khemara talked to Stephen Rapp, US Ambassador-at-large of War Crimes, and has the interview.