Defense: Former Cambodian official not guilty of genocide

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The defense team for the former head of state of Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime says his genocide conviction should be overturned. The arguments came during Khieu Samphan’s appeal hearing at the international tribunal’s Supreme Court chamber. French attorney Anta Guissé told judges the evidence of killings of Vietnamese minorities in Cambodian border provinces was weak, and she questioned whether the slayings rose to the level of genocide. The 90-year-old defendant is the last living leader from the inner circle of leadership of the Khmer Rouge. He is scheduled to speak to the court Thursday. A verdict is not expected until next year. 

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