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Khmer Rouge No. 2 says regime acted for Cambodians
Khmer Rouge acted for sake of Cambodians, No. 2 Khmer Rouge leader tells UN-backed tribunal
By The Associated Press

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) ' The Khmer Rouge's second-highest leader says the regime acted for the sake of the Cambodian people and to protect the country from invaders.

Nuon Chea told the U.N.-backed tribunal Tuesday that it was failing to consider the complete story behind the Khmer Rouge. The tribunal is trying him and two other Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes against humanity and other charges of atrocities committed under the 1970s regime.

All three avow they are innocent. Nuon Chea was the chief ideologist for the communist movement and its No. 2 leader behind Pol Pot.

They are accused of being responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million people when the Khmer Rouge held power in 1975-79.

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