Khmer Rouge tribunal ending work after 16 years, 3 judgments
In this photo released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Khieu Samphan, right, the former head of state for the Khmer Rouge, sits in a courtroom during a hearing at the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Photo: Nhet Sok Heng/Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia via AP
Kathmandu, September 22. Cambodia’s U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal on Thursday rejected the appeal of a genocide conviction by the communist group’s last surviving leader in what is expected to be the special court’s last session.
The historic international court issued its ruling on an appeal by Khieu Samphan, who served as head of state in Cambodia’s 1975-79 Khmer Rouge government. He was convicted in 2018 of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentenced to life in prison.
The tribunal spent $337 million and 16 years to convict just him and two other defendants in connection with a reign of terror that caused the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people.
Khieu Sampan denied having had any real say in policies when the Khmer Rouge sought to establish a utopian agrarian society, causing their countrymen’s deaths from execution, starvation and inadequate medical care.
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