Genocide Trial Begins for Aging Khmer Rouge Leaders
A United Nations-backed tribunal has begun the second trial of the two most senior surviving members of the Khmer Rouge.
Ex-head of state Khieu Samphan and chief ideologue Nuon Chea face genocide charges at the trial that began Wednesday in Phnom Penh.
The two aging leaders are already set to be sentenced on August 7 after being tried for crimes against humanity in the first trial that ended last year.
At the hearing Wednesday, Khieu Samphan appeared to be in good health, taking notes alongside his defense team. Nuon Chea did not attend.
The second trial will focus on the mass killings of hundreds of thousands of Cambodia's Vietnamese and Cham Muslim ethnic minorities.
Simach Smam, a Cham Muslim who survived the Khmer Rouge's 1975-1979 rule, was one of those attending the hearing.
Chinese State Media Praise Zhou Corruption Probe
Chinese state media are praising the Communist Party's decision to open a corruption probe into retired senior politician Zhou Yongkang.
The party announced late Tuesday it is investigating Zhou, China's former security czar, for unspecified "serious disciplinary violation."
The 71-year-old Zhou, who retired in 2012, was a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, China's highest governing body.
The investigation breaks a longstanding, unwritten rule that China's top leaders would be immune from such discipline.
In an editorial, the party-controlled Global Times said the move "reveals the zero tolerance stance of the Chinese leadership toward corruption."
It said the Chinese public embraced the probe, saying it is now "more convincing" to believe all officials will be subject to the rule of law.
The official Xinhua news agency said the announcement shows the party's determination to "purify itself and run itself with strict discipline."
Since taking power in 2012, President Xi Jinping has carried out a highly publicized graft crackdown, vowing to go after both high-ranking "tigers" and low-ranking "flies."