I Knew Pol Pot

I Knew Pol Pot

Al Jazeera speaks to those who knew the leader of the genocidal Khmer Rouge.


Continung the “I knew…” series of programmes, which bring first hand accounts of famous people to the screen, Al Jazeera hears from some of the key people in the Cambodian’s leader’s life, with interviews with senior Khmer Rouge leaders, Pol Pot’s brother and other members of the regime and his family.

Pol Pot, as Khmer Rouge leader [AP]

Pol Pot was one of the 20th century’s most destructive individuals, with his Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia killing up to two million people in less than 4 years in power.

Pol Pot ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979 but in that short period between 750,000 and two million people died, most from overwork or starvation, others directly murdered by the Pol Pot’s fanatical Khmer Rouge.

Saloth Nhep, Pol Pot’s brother

Gaining startling insights into one of the 20th century’s most brutal dictators, Al Jazeera has been speaking to those who knew him best, including his last remaining close relative, his brother, Khmer Rouge officials who knew him for decades and others who, shockingly, still sympathise with the man and his policies.

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Watch part one of this episode of I Knew Pol Pot on Youtube

Watch part two of this episode of I Knew Pol Pot on Youtube

I Knew Pol Pot will aired from Monday, January 28, 2008.

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