Khmer Rouge Leader Ruled Unfit for Trial

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Leng Thirith, the former minister of social affairs for the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, has been deemed unfit to stand trial due to Alzheimer's disease, in a ruling issued by a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia.  The sister-in-law of Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge leader who oversaw the deaths of over 1.7 million people during his genocidal rule, will be released in 24 hours unless prosecutors appeal.  Three co-defendants, all of whom were key figures in the old regime, still face trial.  

Citation: Sopheng Cheang, Cambodian genocide defendant ruled unfit for trial, Associated Press, November 17, 2011.

 

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