Former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan loses genocide appeal

Ruling marks the final decision by the court and ends 16 years of work by the UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia.

The last surviving senior leader of Cambodia’s radical Khmer Rouge regime has had an appeal against his conviction for genocide rejected at a war crimes tribunal in the capital Phnom Penh.

The ruling on Thursday in the appeal of Khieu Samphan, 91, the former head of state of the 1975-1979 “Democratic Kampuchea” government, marks the final decision by the court and ends 16 years of work by the UN-backed war crimes tribunal.

The rejection of the appeal that sought to clear Khieu Samphan of the genocide of minority Cham Muslims and ethnic Vietnamese in Cambodia also closes the book on one of the regime’s French-educated intellectuals who had argued that he was unaware of the crimes of mass murder perpetrated by his colleagues.

In full: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/22/former-khmer-rouge-leaders-appeal-in-cambodia-genocide-case

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