Former Pol Pot leader Khieu Samphan received a second life sentence

Former Pol Pot leader Khieu Samphan received a second life sentence - Photo 1.

Former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan in an appeal session at the Special Court to try the crimes of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia (ECCC) in 2021 – Photo: REUTERS

The Special Court for the trial of crimes against the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia (ECCC) this morning, September 22, issued its ruling in the appellate and final trial for the defendant Khieu Samphan, one of the senior leaders. High Court of the Democratic Kampuchea regime, regarding the allegation of crimes in case file No. 002/02.

“The court found no merit in Mr Khieu Samphan’s arguments regarding genocide and the court rejected them,” Chief Justice Kong Srim said in a lengthy ruling.

The court made the above ruling after Mr. Khieu Samphan appealed. According to the VNA, in November 2018, in case No. 002/01, the ECCC sentenced Mr. Khieu Samphan to life imprisonment for the charge of genocide, crimes against humanity, serious violations of the Geneva Conventions.

According to the VNA, Mr. Khieu Samphan, 91 years old, appeared in court this morning with a tired look due to old age and weakness. Khieu Samphan is currently being held in the ECCC detention facility, is the last and only defendant of this trial, while the former key leaders of the Democratic Cambodia regime have died in the course of the investigation and trial. judge.

Among them, Ieang Sary, former deputy prime minister, foreign minister, died in 2014 and a year later his wife – Ieang Thirith, former minister of social affairs of the Democratic Kampuchea regime, also passed. life.

According to the ECCC spokesman, the extension of time to accept, investigate and try former senior leaders of the Democratic Cambodia regime stems from the complex nature of the case file and the legal process.

The ECCC was established in June 2003 under an agreement between the Royal Government of Cambodia and the United Nations, but has a mechanism to operate as an independent court to try those accused of committing genocide in Cambodia. Cambodia in the period 1975-1979 under Democratic Cambodia.

ECCC spokesman Neth Pheaktra said that after the trial for the defendant Khieu Samphan and the final judgment was issued, the case number 002/02 as well as the entire case file number 002 were closed after the proceedings. lasted 15 years.

The proceedings from the time of opening the first investigation to the trial and sentencing of the case file on the genocide of the senior leaders of the Democratic Cambodia regime during the ruling period in Vietnam. this country from April 17, 1975 to January 6, 1979.

The results of a survey in August 2021 by the Cambodia Documentation Center showed that 87% of more than 30,000 Cambodians surveyed think that this trial is still meaningful to their lives, even when they don’t get compensation or so-called justice at the level they once expected.

The historic trial convicted the Khmer Rouge of genocide The historic trial convicted the Khmer Rouge of genocide

TTO – On November 16, the Special Court of the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) sentenced two former Khmer Rouge leaders, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, to life sentences to life in prison in case 002/02, including the charge of “extermination.” race” Muslim Cham and Vietnamese.

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