Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Thirith freed


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The Independent Online

Cambodia's war crimes tribunal has freed a former Khmer Rouge leader, upholding a decision that has outraged survivors of the mass killings committed more than 30 years ago.

Ieng Thirith, 80, who has been declared mentally unfit for trial, was Pol Pot's first wife. She served as social affairs minister during the Khmer Rouge's 1975-79 rule, when an estimated 1.7 million people died.