Genocide charge for Khmer Rouge former head of state

File photo taken July 3, 2009 shows former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan in the courtroom of the court in Phnom Penh (Photo: AFP)

PHNOM PENH, Dec 18, 2009 (AFP) - Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes court Friday charged Khmer Rouge former head of state Khieu Samphan with genocide, a tribunal spokesman told AFP.

The 78-year-old former leader was charged over the regime's slaughter of Vietnamese people and ethnic Cham muslims during the 1970s, said spokesman Lars Olsen.

"This morning Khieu Samphan has been brought before the court and informed that the charges against him have been extended to include genocide against the Chams and the Vietnamese," Olsen said.

Source: AFP

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