Opinion: Ieng Sary's Demise

At about the time of the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis, the former Khmer Rouge leader of Cambodia Ieng Sary died at the age of 87. Since late 2011 he had been on trial for genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the period of Khmer Rouge rule from April 1975 to January 1979 where around 1.6 million (and some estimates go as high as 2 million) of Cambodia's 7 million population died as a result of the Khmer Rouge's policies and practices.

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