The UN-back tribunal on Khmer Rouge genocidal crime on July 30 began the second trial of two former Khmer Rouge leaders - Noun Chea and Khieu Samphan.

The pair were among senior officials of the Khmer Rouge regime which was accused of killing 1.7 million Cambodians during their ruling from 1975 to 1979.

The court’s main judge Nil Nonn said this trial will focus on new charges against the pair of genocide against ethnic Cham Muslims and Vietnamese, forced marriage and rape, among others.

The first trial of the two was completed late last year, with the verdict - and possible sentences - set to be delivered on August 7. If found guilty of committing crime against humanity, they can face the life sentence.

The tribunal - the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) - was set up in 2006 with the aim of seeking justice for victims of the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime.-VNA