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Khmer Rouge Defendant Denies Charges of Genocide

31 October 2013

Former Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea denied all charges against him on Thursday on the last day of a trial for the surviving leaders of the 1970s Cambodian regime widely blamed for the deaths of some 1.7 million people. “I never educated or instructed them to mistreat or kill people to deprive them of food or commit any genocide,” said the ailing 87-year-old Nuon Chea, the Khmer Rouge’s chief ideologist and No. 2 leader. A verdict against him and 82-year-old Khieu Samphan, its head of state, is expected in the first half of 2014, more than two years after the trial began.—AP