Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal to rule on genocide appeal

Analysts say decision has legal implications for future genocide trials.

The United Nations-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal will hand down its final decision on Sept 22 when it rules on an appeal launched by Khieu Samphan against his conviction for genocide and the slaughter of Muslim Chams and ethnic Vietnamese more than 40 years ago.

Khieu Samphan, the 91-year-old former head of state, was convicted of genocide alongside Nuon Chea, also known as “Brother Number 2,” in 2018 by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

“I cannot accept the accusation that I was involved in a plot to commit crimes against my compatriots, including the Cham or the Vietnamese,” Khieu Samphan, the last surviving senior Khmer Rouge leader, told the ECCC when launching his appeal in August last year.

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