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Killer chief up in court; GENOCIDE.

THE most powerful woman in the Khmer Rouge's Killing Fields regime appeared in a genocide court yesterday.

Ieng Thirith, 76, was Cambodia's social welfare minister and prosecutors say she must have known tens of thousands were dying.

Ieng - former leader Pol Pot's sister-in-law - appeared before the UN-backed tribunal in the capital Phnom Penh and requested bail.

Her British lawyer Diana Ellis said her client was ill and therefore not a flight risk.

Ieng denies the charges of "crimes against humanity".
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 22, 2008
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