Monday, October 21, 2013

Life sentences sought for Cambodia's Khmer Rouge leaders

Prosecutors at the UN-backed war crimes court in Cambodia have demanded the maximum sentence of life imprisonment for two former leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime.

'Brother Number Two' Nuon Chea, the regime's chief ideologist, and Khieu Samphan, its head of state, are charged with genocide and crimes against humanity for planning and implementing the group's policies in the 1970s that left up to two million people dead.

Prosecutor Chea Leang says life in prison is "the only punishment that they deserve".

"On behalf of the Cambodian people and the international community we ask you for justice... for the victims who perished and justice for the victims who survived today who had to live through such a vicious and cruel regime under the leadership of these two accused and other leaders," she said.

Led by Pol Pot, who died in 1998, the communist regime is widely blamed for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people - nearly a quarter of the population - through starvation, overwork and execution between 1975-79.

"It's a crime against humanity to send millions of people out into the hot countryside, to walk for days, weeks, sometimes months without any organised transportation or any provision of food, water or medical assistance," co-prosecutor William Smith said.

Mr Smith says the Khmer Rouge leaders "implemented their criminal program with utter brutality".

"They decided on who lived and who died," he said.

Nuon Chea, 87, and Khieu Samphan, 82, deny the accusations, saying they were not aware of the atrocities committed under the regime.

However Mr Smith says Nuon Chea was "a man willing to kill even his own relatives and revolutionary brothers".

He says Khieu Samphan was also "very involved in crimes".

"The accused were certainly aware of the inhumane conditions faced by the evacuees sent out of the city into the countryside," Mr Smith said.

More than three decades after the country's 'Killing Fields' era, the UN-backed court is moving closer to a verdict in their complex case, which has been split into a series of smaller trials.

Closing statements are scheduled to be completed by the end of the month, with a verdict expected in the first half of next year.


Source: Australia Network News, October 21, 2013


Anonymous said...

Life sentence should be sought for the current Khmer Rouge leaders also.

The Undertaker

Anonymous said...

Khmer rouge leaders are the china and vietnam's instruments to
serve their purposes.
The first purpose of these evil countries are to chase U.S.A out of Cambodia.Then for china it is to steal natural resources and ...
and for the vietnam is to steal khmer lands and sea :to swallow up Cambodia,and everyting
it can steal before Cambodia dispappear.

Anonymous said...

The true murders of 1.7 millions of Cambodians between 1975-1979 are the vietnameses of Hanoi's government.

Anonymous said...

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to liquidate their own citizens