Khmer Rouge Leaders Sentenced To Life In Prison

Khmer Rouge Leaders Sentenced To Life In Prison

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Nearly four decades after the collapse of Pol Pot's tyrannical communist regime, an international tribunal has ruled that the Khmer Rouge committed genocide, a signal verdict that will hopefully bring closure to millions of Cambodians.

His deputy Nuon Chea, 92, and head of state Khieu Samphan, 87, faced trial on charges of exterminating Cham Muslim and ethnic Vietnamese communities.

Both men were condemned to a life in prison.

This was the first genocide verdict given by the UN-backed tribunal on Pol Pot's brutal 1975-1979 regime.

Up to two million people, mostly from the Khmer majority, are believed to have died during those four years.

But the larger-scale killings of the Cambodian population do not fit the narrow definition of genocide under international law, according to the BBC, and have instead been prosecuted as crimes against humanity.

Friday's verdicts will almost certainly be the last from an unusual attempt at transnational justice that has lasted more than a decade, our correspondent adds.

The two were also found guilty of a number of other crimes, including the crimes against humanity of murder, extermination, enslavement, and torture.

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Phil Robertson, Deputy Asia Director for Human Rights Watch, has hailed the conviction, according to CNN.

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