Cambodia: Khmer Rouge: Final verdict against murderous Pol Pot regime


Cambodia
Khmer Rouge: Final verdict against murderous Pol Pot regime

Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge leader, sits in a courtroom during a war crimes hearing

Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge leader, sits in a courtroom during a war crimes tribunal hearing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. photo

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The special court for investigating the crimes of the Khmer Rouge ends its work. Around 1.7 million people died under dictator Pol Pot between 1975 and 1979. Three alleged masterminds have been found guilty.

With a final verdict against a former Khmer Rouge leader in Cambodia The special court for the crimes of the murderous Pol Pot regime ended its work after 16 years.

The United Nations-backed tribunal in Phnom Penh rejected the appeal request of the last survivor of the then leadership, Khieu Samphan, on Thursday. The 91-year-old was found guilty of genocide in 2018. On the other hand, he appealed.

In his final statement he had rejected the allegations last year. Even if he was acquitted, he would have stayed in jail, since Khieu Samphan had already been convicted in 2014 crime against humanity was sentenced to life imprisonment. The verdict was upheld in 2016.

Coming to terms with the rule of the Khmer Rouge

The tribunal to review the rule of the Khmer Rouge under dictator Pol Pot was founded in 2006. Overall, the court found three alleged masterminds of the "Khmer Rouge" guilty and sentenced: the chief ideologue Nuon Chea, who died in 2019, the former head of the torture prison S-21, who died in 2020, Kaing Guek Eav aka Duch and ex-head of state Khieu Samphan. The court costs are reported to have totaled more than 330 million euros.

The Khmer Rouge wanted to create a moneyless peasant state. They forced everyone who could read and write into the fields. Between 1975 and 1979 an estimated 1.7 million people died as a result of forced labour, famine, torture and murder.

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