Khieu Samphan (left) and Nuon Chea at the UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh. Photo: AP

Khmer Rouge trial nears the end and it may be the last of its kind as few senior leaders remain alive

  • The Khmer Rouge seized power in 1975 after a bloody five-year civil war. They immediately attempted a transformation of Cambodia into a peasant society
  • They backed up their rule with ruthless elimination of perceived enemies, and were driven from power in early 1979 by an invasion from neighbouring Vietnam
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Khieu Samphan (left) and Nuon Chea at the UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh. Photo: AP
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