Khmer Rogue headmen: we're not criminals


Former Khmer Rouge minister Ieng Thirith.


Tang Chhin Sothy

Is anyone still holding out for an apology from the now frail and elderly Khmer Rogue leadership?

Again in court today, the top-tier leaders of the communist regime portrayed themselves as misunderstood heroes.

Their 1975-79 regime -- accused of causing 1.7 deaths in Cambodia and the wholesale extermination of all who failed to exemplify Marxist ideals -- was not run by "bad people," according to No. 2 Khmer Rogue leader Nuon Chea.

In court today, according to the AP, he said "I don't want the next generation to misunderstand history. I don't want them to believe the Khmer Rouge are bad people, are criminal … nothing is true about that."

Also pending today is the likely release of the Khmer Rogue's most senior-ranking female leader, 79-year-old Ieng Thirith, deemed by courts to be too senile to stand trial, reports the Phnom Penh Post.