Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in landmark ruling

By Steve George and Tim HumeCNN

Updated 5:18 AM ET, Fri November 16, 2018

(CNN) Almost four decades on from the collapse of Pol Pot’s tyrannical communist regime, an international tribunal has ruled that the Khmer Rouge committed genocide, a landmark verdict that is hoped will bring closure to millions of Cambodians.

More than 1.7 million people, or approximately a fifth of Cambodia’s population, are believed to have died from forced labor, starvation and execution under the Khmer Rouge which ruled the country between 1975 and 1979.

A Cambodian man sits in Choeung Ek Killing Fields near a tree that was used to beat children to death under the Khmer Rouge regime, on August 6, 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
A Cambodian man sits in Choeung Ek Killing Fields near a tree that was used to beat children to death under the Khmer Rouge regime, on August 6, 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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