Monday, July 26, 2010

Khmer Rouge Leader Convicted

Wall Street Journal
July 26, 2010

A U.N.-backed tribunal found a key leader of Cambodia's notorious Khmer Rouge regime guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to 35 years in prison. But court officials said he will be eligible for a reduced sentence in part due to time he has already served, meaning he could potentially be released before he dies.

The court found that Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, was at least partly responsible for the deaths of some 14,000 or more Cambodians who were brought to the Tuol Sleng prison he ran in Phnom Penh during the brutal years of Khmer Rouge rule from 1975 to 1979. The prisoners were brought there by Khmer Rouge officials who accused them of disloyalty to the regime; once inside, they were often electrocuted or beaten with metal bars before being hauled away to their deaths.