The Killing Fields outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo by Lindsay.
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has set June 27, 2011 as the start date for the trial of 4 top Khmer Rouge leaders charged with genocide and other crimes committed during the 1970s.
The defendants are Khmer Rouge “Brother Number Two” Nuon Chea, foreign minister Ieng Sary, social affairs minister Ieng Thirith, and head of state Khieu Samphan. The four are the senior-most surviving members of the hardline communist movement.
They face charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes for the deaths of two million people from execution, overwork, and starvation during the Khmer Rouge’s 1975-1979 rule. They also face genocide charges specifically related to the deaths of the ethnic Cham Muslim and Vietnamese people in Cambodia at the time.
On Friday, conservative legal group filed a lawsuit seeking public release of the photographs and video of the military raid that left Osama bin Laden dead.
Judicial Watch is demanding the Department of Defense comply with a Freedom of Information Act request for the material. The group particularly wants to see photos of bin Laden lying dead in his Pakistan compound.
The group says it is “irreparably harmed” by the “unlawful withholding of requested records.” I’m not sure how they’re personally being harmed by not seeing the photos of bin Laden, but whatever. Maybe logic doesn’t apply to these guys.
This week, some members of Congress were allowed to privately view the materials. The President stated, however, that his administration is keeping the photos private because they are very graphic and could be “an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool.”