PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia on Tuesday charged two former cadres of the Khmer Rouge regime with crimes against humanity over their alleged roles in the deaths of an estimated 1.8 million people in the 1970s.
The tribunal, which has delivered verdicts against only three former Khmer Rouge since it was set up almost a decade ago, announced in a statement that Im Cheam and Meas Muth would be face trial accused of committing murder, slavery and political and ethnic persecution as well as "other inhumane acts".
Im Cheam, a Buddhist nun in her 60s, is suspected of running a forced labor camp under the Khmer Rouge. Meas Muth is in his 80s and was a former navy commander who is suspected of sending detainees to a torture center under the ultra-Maoist regime led by the late Pol Pot.
(Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Nick Macfie)