Chasing Cambodia's Ghosts

The swearing-in on July 3 of 25 genocide-tribunal judges and prosecutors was a historic step toward justice for the estimated 1.7 million Cambodians killed under the Khmer Rouge. But the real work starts this week, when U.N. co-prosecutor Robert Petit begins building a case against those responsible for the atrocities committed during the group's 1975-79 reign.

Petit, an intense, 44-year-old Canadian, is a U.N. veteran who has worked in Rwanda, East Timor, Sierra Leone and Kosovo. "I never wanted to be anything else but a prosecutor," he says. "Someone has to stand up for those who can'tor weren't...

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