Top Khmer Rouge leader to appeal genocide conviction

The last surviving senior Khmer Rouge leader will next week begin an appeal against his life imprisonment for his role in the genocide committed by the regime in Cambodia more than four decades ago.

The Khmer Rouge, led by “Brother Number 1” Pol Pot, left some two million Cambodians dead from overwork, starvation and mass executions from 1975-79.

The regime’s former head of state Khieu Samphan, 90, will on Monday challenge his 2018 conviction for genocide against ethnic minority Vietnamese.

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