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Hun Sen's Cambodia

After 40 years, Cambodia's Khmer Rouge leaders face genocide verdict

Hun Sen government's interference and lengthy court process widely criticized

A Buddhist monk stands next to a glass case containing 5,000 human skulls belonging to Khmer Rouge victims at the Choeung Ek memorial in Phnom Penh.   © Reuters

PHNOM PENH -- The Khmer Rouge tribunal will on Friday announce whether two surviving leaders of the Pol Pot regime are guilty of genocide -- a verdict that many expect will deliver some long-awaited justice for the estimated 1.7 million Cambodians who were executed or died from disease, overwork or starvation between 1975 and 1979.

While the judgment is seen as a landmark moment for the Southeast Asian nation, the fact that it has been almost 40 years since the Khmer Rouge fell from power has drawn widespread criticism of a judicial process plagued by delays.

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