Last living Khmer Rouge leader denies involvement in Cambodian genocide

The last surviving leader of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime on Thursday denied involvement in genocide and being responsible for crimes against humanity, in one of his final appearances before an international tribunal.

Khmer Rouge era President Khieu Samphan, 90, was speaking during his appeal of a 2018 guilty verdict that was one of only a few rulings against those deemed “most responsible” for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people from 1975-1979.

None of the cadres have admitted being behind the atrocities of the “killing fields”, which wiped out a quarter of Cambodia’s population.

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