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UN-backed Cambodia court rejects bail for Khmer Rouge leaders

Cambodia`s UN-backed genocide court on Friday denied bail for three former Khmer Rouge leaders, saying they may commit serious crimes and their detention was necessary to prevent trial tampering.



Phnom Penh: Cambodia`s UN-backed genocide
court on Friday denied bail for three former Khmer Rouge leaders,
saying they may commit serious crimes and their detention was
necessary to prevent trial tampering.

Judges rejected appeals from former Khmer Rouge head
of state Khieu Samphan, foreign minister Ieng Sary and his
wife, minister of social affairs Ieng Thirith, who all asked
for release ahead of their trial expected next year.
The three leaders, who have been charged with
genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, murder, torture
and religious persecution, appealed against their detention
late last year and earlier this year.

"The Pre-Trial Chamber of the (tribunal) dismissed
appeals lodged by the charged persons," a statement from the
court said.

The tribunal said detention of the ageing suspects
"remains a necessary measure" to prevent the suspects from
fleeing the trial and to ensure their security.

Khieu Samphan, 78, Ieng Sary, 84, and Ieng Thirith,
78, were arrested in November 2007 over their roles in the
1975-79 Khmer Rouge government, and have appealed annually for
release from detention at the court.

The three leaders are being held along with the Khmer
Rouge former "Brother Number Two" ideologue Nuon Chea and the
regime`s main prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch.
Up to two million people were executed or died of
starvation, disease and overwork as the 1975-79 Khmer Rouge
movement emptied cities and enslaved the population on
collective farms in its bid to create a communist utopia.

Final arguments in the court`s first trial, of Duch,
ended in November and a verdict is expected later this year.

PTI

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