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Nuon Chea: Khmer Rouge 'were not bad people'

Pol Pot's deputy has told a court the Khmer Rouge were not "bad people", blaming deaths of Cambodians under the Maoist regime on neighbouring Vietnam.

Nuon Chea made the comments at his genocide trial at a UN-backed court in Phnom Penh.

It is the first time he has faced questioning over his role in the regime's four-year rule, which left as many as two million Cambodians dead.

His trial began last month, only the second at the court.

Guy Delauney reports from Phnom Penh.

  • 05 Dec 2011
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