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Former Khmer Rouge leader arrested

KRouge leader detained by Cambodian genocide court Nov 11
Former Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary was detained Monday by police and officials from Cambodia's UN-backed genocide court and taken from his home in Phnom Penh, a police officer said.
"He was put into a car and is being taken to the tribunal," the officer told AFP.

A neighbour confirmed that Ieng Sary, 78, had been taken away by police and tribunal officials, who had spent nearly three hours with the former Khmer Rouge leader after arriving at his home shortly before 6:00 am.

Relatives of Ieng Sary's who were also at his home refused to comment.

A French-educated communist who emerged as the public face of the secretive Khmer Rouge, Ieng Sary is likely one of five former top cadre currently under investigation for crimes committed under the regime.

Up to two million people died of starvation and overwork, or were executed, during the 1975-79 rule of the Khmer Rouge, which abolished religion, schools and currency, and exiled millions to vast farms in its bid to create an agrarian utopia.

Regime leader Pol Pot died in 1998, while his deputy Nuon Chea and Duch, who oversaw the notorious Tuol Sleng torture centre, were detained earlier this year by the tribunal and are facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The court got under way last year after a decade of negotiations between the UN and Cambodian government. Trials are expected in 2008.

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