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    Police arrested the ex-foreign minister of the brutal 1970s Khmer Rouge regime and his wife today and brought them before Cambodia’s U.N.-backed genocide tribunal to face charges of crimes against humanity.

    Ieng Sary and his wife, Ieng Thirith, are accused of involvement in the slayings of political opponents during the 1975-79 radical communist regime, according to documents from prosecutors seen by The Associated Press. Ieng Thirith served as the regime’s minister for social affairs.

    The radical policies of the Khmer Rouge are blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people from starvation, overwork and execution. None of the group’s leaders have faced trial yet.
    ARTICLE - THE NEWS TRIBUNE

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    About the only sentence I can express about getting the deviates who ran this regime is, "It's about time". I cannot help but think of the phrase, "Justice delayed is justice denied". Of course not all the ones who ordered and/or murdered Cambodian citizens during this reign of terror will be arrested or brought to trial, but at least something is being done. I hope this makes the generals in Burma a little nervous.
    "If you are right, then you are right even if everyone says you are wrong. If you are wrong then you are wrong even if everyone says you are right." William Penn.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by trailboss49 View Post
      Of course not all the ones who ordered and/or murdered Cambodian citizens during this reign of terror will be arrested or brought to trial, but at least something is being done.
      It's the third or fourth such arrestation that's been made this year, looks like something is really being done in Cambodia, even though we hear almost nothing about it in western medias

      Originally posted by trailboss49 View Post
      I hope this makes the generals in Burma a little nervous.
      Funny you should mention it, Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein is visiting Hanoi since Friday.

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      • #4
        Excelllent news.

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        • #5
          I suspect at best only a few minor players will stand trial. Fewer convicted. Still fewer receive punishment.

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          • #6
            I am happy to see that the sins of the past are not forgotten. I sure hope that it goes further than just a few low level players. The message must be made clear to these evil people - justice awaits you, you can run but you can not hide.
            I still find that whole event period one of great sadness for me. I wish all my friends the best.
            "War is hell, but actual combat is a motherf#cker"
            - Col. David Hackworth

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            • #7
              KRouge leader Khieu Samphan to be hospitalised in Phnom Penh

              Another KR leader on trial:

              PHNOM PENH, Nov 14, 2007 (AFP) - Former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan, whose imminent arrest by Cambodia's UN-backed genocide court is widely expected, will be hospitalised Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said.

              The 76-year-old will be flown from his home in the former rebel stronghold of Pailin, in northwest Cambodia, to the capital Phnom Penh for treatment after suffering unusually high blood pressure Tuesday night, Hun Sen said.

              "I have ordered a helicopter to transfer him to hospital," he said at a graduation ceremony.

              Earlier Wednesday, Khieu Samphan's wife, Sor Socheat, said her husband's health had returned to normal after an apparent panic attack overnight.

              "He was suffering from high blood pressure but he's back to normal now," Sor Socheat told AFP.

              Khieu Samphan, the Khmer Rouge's former head of state, was ready to face court, she said, just days after two other senior regime cadre were arrested for their alleged roles in one of the 20th century's most brutal regimes.

              "He is not worried about being arrested. He has been ready to face the tribunal for a long time now," she said, speaking from Pailin, where Khieu Samphan has lived since surrendering to the government in 1998.
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              FULL ARTICLE - YAHOO! ASIA NEWS

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              • #8
                I will be glad to see this scum come to justice -- but what did the wife do? Did she actually commit a crime or is she being punished for marrying a loser?
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                • #9
                  Are you refering to the first or second article?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Boonierat View Post
                    Are you refering to the first or second article?
                    1st
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Janos View Post
                      1st
                      They are both accused, the husband was Foreign Minister and the wife Social Affairs Minister.

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                      • #12
                        The Cambodians are beutiful people-dark skinned less asian features than some.
                        They are loyal and fierce warriors-depending on what side they choose.
                        The Khmer Rouge went to remote areas and recruited or impressed young uneducated people and indoctrinated them to their evil cause.
                        Pol Pot is roasting nicely in Hell, but a lot of innocents suffered for his crimes.
                        It's hard to convieve of the ideology that he and his cronies came up with, or that they wielded the power to carry it out.
                        The Red Guards in China were similar, but not so effective.
                        We have some folks today who are interested in 13th century thinking.
                        Problem is their ideology is not being kept within their borders.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Boonierat View Post
                          They are both accused, the husband was Foreign Minister and the wife Social Affairs Minister.
                          Thanks!
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