Saturday, November 02, 2013

Khmer Rouge leaders deny responsibility for Cambodia atrocities [SHOCKING!]

Khmer Rouge leaders deny responsibility for Cambodia atrocities

"Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea and ex-head of state Khieu Samphan tell tribunal they did not order killings and abuses committed by Pol Pot's regime

Former Khmer Rouge leader head of state Khieu Samphan, left, and "Brother Number Two'' Nuon Chea at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia Photo: REUTERS
 
Cambodia's top surviving Khmer Rouge leaders refused to admit guilt on Thursday at the end of a landmark [SIC!] two-year trial billed as a chance for reconciliation [SIC!], angering victims of the brutal regime. 
Prosecutors are demanding life imprisonment for "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea and ex-head of state Khieu Samphan for the "Killing Fields" era atrocities, which left up to two million people dead in the late 1970s. 
Addressing the country's UN-backed tribunal in his final statement before a verdict, Nuon Chea, 87, blamed everything on "treacherous" subordinates. 
"Through this trial it has been shown clearly that I was not engaged in any commission of the crimes as alleged by the co-prosecutors. In short, I am innocent in relation to those allegations," [SIC!] he said. 
Ngor An, 69, who lost more than 10 relatives including three children under the Khmer Rouge, described Nuon Chea as a "coward" for not admitting his guilt. 
"I am angry with what he said. He must be jailed for life," he said after watching the court proceedings. 

Led by Pol Pot, who died in 1998, the communist Khmer Rouge regime wiped out up to a quarter of the population through executions, starvation and overwork. 

The two defendants both insist they were unaware of the atrocities committed by the regime. 

"I would like to express my deepest remorse and moral responsibility to victims and the Cambodian people who suffered during the Democratic Kampuchea (Khmer Rouge) regime," Nuon Chea said. 

But he added that based on the evidence presented to the court, "I respectfully submit to your honours to acquit me from all the charges and accordingly release me." 

Khieu Samphan, 82, did not express remorse or apologise to the victims in his final statement in the trial, which began in June 2011. 

"The reality was that I did not have any power and I did not care about it either," he said, but stopped short of seeking an acquittal. 

The complex case of the regime's two most senior surviving leaders has been split into a series of smaller trials, initially focusing on the forced evacuation of people into rural labour camps and related charges of crimes against humanity. 

More than two million people were expelled from Phnom Penh in April 1975 at gunpoint and marched to rural labour camps in one of the largest forced migrations in modern history. 

Cambodian villagers line up at an entrance to the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh (AP)
 
The defendants deny charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, to the dismay of survivors and relatives of victims. 

"We cannot accept his apology. He lied to us. He wanted to be acquitted. He did not care about others," Bin Sivla, 55, who lost 11 relatives under the regime, said of Nuon Chea's testimony. 

"If he did not give the order, his subordinates would not have dared to kill," she said, describing the Khmer Rouge leaders as "worse than monsters". 

"Monsters would kill only a few people, but they killed millions of people." 

The closing statements ended on Thursday with a verdict expected in the first half of next year, although a date has not yet been set. 

The kingdom does not use the death penalty so life imprisonment is the toughest sentence that the court can hand down. 

The allegations of genocide and war crimes are due to be heard in later hearings although no date has so far been fixed.
The trial, which began hearing evidence in late 2011, is widely seen as a landmark in the nation's quest for justice. 

Another defendant, former foreign minister Ieng Sary, died aged 87 in March this year, while the case against his wife Ieng Thirith - also an ex-minister - was suspended after the court ruled dementia left her unfit to stand trial. 

In its historic first trial, the court in 2010 sentenced former prison chief Kaing Guek Eav to 30 years in prison - later increased to life on appeal - for overseeing the deaths of 15,000 people. 

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

THEY MUST ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTION!!!

Anonymous said...

Just bad karma, no sweat!

Anonymous said...

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វាកំពុងតែ​ចេញមុខ និយាយជំនួសខ្មែរ!

Savoeun Koy said...

By observations, Cambodians want themselves to be a leader even though they are uneducated or stupid. When they become leader, they are not responsible for their own action. They accuse their least or inferior cadres of abusive in the career. Not just Nuon Chea nor Kieu Samphan, who else in power keep blaming their cadres are wrongdoers not them, the leaders. It is very ashame for Cambodian leaders. When you take a close look at Cambodian justice system, you can find 99 per cent of judges are crook and never judge by law. They judge by bribe or they make their own irrational decision. Dead meet.

Savoeun Koy said...

By observations, Cambodians want themselves to be a leader even though they are uneducated or stupid. When they become leader, they are not responsible for their own action. They accuse their least or inferior cadres of abusive in the career. Not just Nuon Chea nor Kieu Samphan, who else in power keep blaming their cadres are wrongdoers not them, the leaders. It is very ashame for Cambodian leaders. When you take a close look at Cambodian justice system, you can find 99 per cent of judges are crook and never judge by law. They judge by bribe or they make their own irrational decision. Dead meet.

Anonymous said...

Two millions Khmers executed and these guys no nothing. Come on.

Anonymous said...

Punishing Noun Chea & Kieu Samphan must equal punishing China, because Khmer Rouge Noun Chea and Kieu Samphan are Khmer Rouge China. Their bible are from China! Get it? and also punish ah Khmer rouge that sitting in the top goverment seat of Cambodia to day, becuase tjoseare ah Khmer Rouge from Vietcong's side. They both destroy Cambodia thru their dirty game of conquering Asia. All needs to go to jail and pay, if the UN has any credibility of delivering true Justice to Cambodian people. Otherwise these court isnothing, but a complete waste. Get rid of the communist and dictators one since for all!!!! also go after ah putin too.

Anonymous said...

$100 millions a year pay to Cambodian for 200 years by China and Vietnam in exchange for nearly 2 millions Cambodian people which lost their lives during their nasty nightmare years under Communist China & Vietnam's game and everything else that goes along with it. Like metal illness or deceases that take their lives forever. Right now these people are scattering around the world, because of this tragic game. All eyes for true justice.

Anonymous said...

2 majors cause leading to Cambodia death: they either being accused of a KGB or CIA during Khmer Rouge's time and their justice was in the bush or wood. There was lawyer or court and whatsoever defending them. Meaning they can just disappeared overnight. Very sad, but true.

Anonymous said...

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ពួកគាត់សំឡាប់ ឬដាក់មូសិកទណ្ឌស្រេចតែគាត់។
តែយើងខ្ញុំសង្ឃឹមថា យុត្តិធម៌និងមាន ព្រោះថាការ
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Anonymous said...

If talk about Khmer Rouge must include Hun Sen, Chea Sim and Heng Samrin, they former Khmer Rouge and their stained of Khmer Blood.

Anonymous said...

mi yuon seng theary 11:57 PM

Anonymous said...

my wiev,everything plane from hochimin who alway want to swallow cambodia and laos(read the political since 1945) ho chining send rigth hand man to cambodia,lefth man to laos make communish.eing sary may top spy in pol pot regime(1972when pol-pot in china he telegrame asked p-p to mix troop with veitcong but p p not allowed,once 3000 people sendto cambodia from thailand,eing sary order to kill all of them,afew ranaway,so alot of veitcong agengs event in sihanouk time so hard to beleived,sometime we think do people kill their own son or dougther? nearly haft of population.in 1998 before pol-pot die i heard american nath tyer to interview with pol-potbut he poison to death so the true cant be reveail and eang sary come to joint with youn hunsen,now international court seem to shield veitnam and china that spread the to cambodia under stupid king sihanouk.now everything swallow by veitnam slowly like kapuchea krom.

Anonymous said...

Now <<< THE WATER IS CLEAR >>>, we can see deep down. {{ WHO ARE THE REAL KILLERS OF KHMER PEOPLE >>>...??? Judge !!!