Ieng Sary, a co-founder of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge movement in the 1970s, has died while on trial before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). He was 87.
The Former Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs was accused together with Nuon Chea, Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party, and former head of state Khieu Samphan for genocide, crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions committed during the 1975-1979 Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.
Mr Sary’s wife Ieng Thirith faced the same charges but was declared unfit for trial by the ECCC last year after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Ieng Sary was the brother-in-law of the Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, with whom he founded the organisation. Pol Pot died in 1998 while hiding in Cambodia’s jungles.
Many fear that only Khieu Samphan will live to hear his verdict as Nuon Chea has been in and out of hospital for years.