Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Era in the Spotlight with Guilty Verdicts

Despite two sentencings, questions on the quest for justice remain.

Phnom Penh – Last week, around four decades after a Vietnamese invasion ended the tyranny of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, a United Nations-backed court found genocidal leader Pol Pot’s surviving henchmen guilty of genocide and sentenced both men to life imprisonment.

Former head of state Khieu Samphan, 87, was convicted of genocide against the ethnic Vietnamese, and Brother Number Two Nuon Chea, 92, was found guilty of genocide against the Muslim Chams and the ethnic Vietnamese.

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