Former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan loses genocide appeal

Ruling marks the final decision by the court and ends 16 years of work by the UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia. Khieu Samphan, 91, the former head of state of the 1975-1979 “Democratic Kampuchea” government, is behind bars. He was once known as the ‘Mr Clean’ of the Khmer Rouge, a hardline Communist regime under which two million people perished in fewer than four years. Of the two million victims, 100,000 to 500,000 were Cham Muslims.

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