A former Khmer Rouge leader branded his conviction for crimes against humanity a "child`s fairytale" at a UN-backed court in Cambodia on Friday, as he faced further charges of genocide, forced marriage and rape.
Cambodia will resettle potentially hundreds of refugees intercepted trying to reach Australia in exchange for $35 million in aid, forging ahead with an opaque deal condemned by rights groups as a threat to asylum seekers` safety.
Cambodia said Wednesday it would sign an agreement to resettle Australia-bound refugees on its soil, despite opposition from rights groups to the rerouting of asylum-seekers to one of Southeast Asia`s poorest nations.
A UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia sentenced the two top surviving cadres of the Khmer Rouge regime to life in jail on Thursday after finding them guilty of crimes against humanity for their roles in the 1970s "killing fields" revolution.
Kheang Khun was 21 and training to be doctor when he was forced into a Khmer Rouge labour camp, where he was routinely beaten and forced to watch executions of people accused of theft, or simply of falling in love.
Cambodians lined the streets of Phnom Penh Friday as the remains of former king Norodom Sihanouk were transported through the capital atop a golden float shaped like a mythological bird for his enshrinement.
Thailand`s military government is shoring up diplomatic ties with Asian neighbours to provide a counterweight to criticism from the West about its seizure of power in May and its reluctance to set an early date for a return to civilian rule.