On Friday, November 16th, two of the main leaders of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime were found guilty of genocide against the Cham and Vietnamese ethnic groups but also of crime against humanity and war crimes. These two major figures of the Khmer Rouge are first Nuon Chea, 92 years old and both chief ideologist and deputy leader considered the right-hand man of Pol Pot; Secondly, Khieu Samphan aged 87, head of state who embodied the regime’s public face. These two leaders were sentenced for a second time to life imprisonment, as death sentence doesn’t exist in Cambodia. Indeed, a previous trial in 2014 had already been conducted, finding Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan guilty for crimes against humanity connected with forced transfers of people and mass disappearances.
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