Magazine April 22, 2013, Issue

A Court in Cambodia

(AP/Mark Peters)
The struggle for justice in the wake of the Khmer Rouge

The court in Cambodia announced the death of Ieng Sary “with regret.” Those words were puzzling: Did the court regret the passing of a human being, who may have meant a lot to his family? Or did the court regret that it had not yet completed its trial of him?

Ieng Sary was a Khmer Rouge leader, Brother Number 3, to be specific. Brother Number 1 was Pol Pot, who was Ieng Sary’s brother-in-law. Ieng Sary was typical of the Khmer Rouge: a student in Paris; a member of the French Communist party; a professor of history back home; a forger …

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