fredag 20. august 2021

Last living Khmer Rouge leader says not behind Cambodia genocide

The last surviving leader of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime on Thursday denied involvement in genocide and being responsible for crimes against humanity, in one of his final appearances before an international tribunal. Khmer Rouge-era President Khieu Samphan, 90, was speaking during his appeal of a 2018 guilty verdict. It was one of only a few rulings against those deemed "most responsible" for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people from 1975-1979.

None of the cadres have admitted being behind the atrocities of the "killing fields," which wiped out a quarter of Cambodia's population. "I categorically refute the accusation and the conviction that I had the intention to commit the crimes," Khieu Samphan told the court. "No matter when it was, any crimes, be they crimes against humanity in any forms, no matter it was the genocide against the Vietnamese, the murders, I have never committed them."