June 30 - Four leading members of Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime appear in court on genocide charges. Andrew Raven reports.
This is new -- tail off once one of Cambodia's most powerful man. Now the man once known as brother number two. And three other members of the country's brutal Khmer Rouge regime are on trial for genocide. The quartet appeared in court on Thursday for the final day of a pretrial hearing in the Cambodian capital. -- -- -- The case which has been years in the making it has dominated headlines here. An estimated one point seven million people died under the Khmer Rouge. Who ruled the country from 19751979. The court has been established specifically for this trial. One defense lawyer alluded to allegations of bias and secrecy after Thursday's session. How do so notebook out of luck I urged the scorched not to become a place for revenge. I want this court to respect the law called an -- from tomorrow. A lead prosecutor however in the opening days of the trial have been fair. But certainly based on my prior experiences that the Ice-T -- international criminal cool. I can certainly write this as one of the most successful and win that series. A procedural hearings that -- down the beginning of the trial. The others on trial let's check out our former president -- sound fine foreign minister Yang salary and his wife. Culture minister Yang here. Once the trial properly gains hundreds of people. Including survivors -- reduced death camps are expected to testify. Andrew -- Reuters.