AP PHOTO: Cambodians hear case against Khmer Rouge

By The Associated Press | July 30, 2014 | 9:35 AM EDT

Cambodian Buddhist monks read the court document books during a court break of a hearing at the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. A U.N.-backed tribunal is holding a hearing to prepare for the genocide trial of two surviving leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, under whose rule an estimated 1.7 million people died in the late 1970s. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Buddhist monks and ordinary Cambodians attended a hearing Wednesday in which a U.N.-backed tribunal prepared for the genocide trial later this year of two surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge. The tribunal encourages people to attend the hearings, such as school groups and elderly survivors of the regime that brutally ruled Cambodia in the late 1970s.

In this photo, monks from a pagoda in Phnom Penh who attended the hearing read during a court break. The tribunal prepares booklets to give attendees an overview of the court's work, the case and the defendants.


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