Khmer Rouge tribunal to hold last public hearings

Pol Pot henchman Khieu Samphan, 90, to deliver his oral defense in appeal hearing.

The last of Pol Pot’s surviving henchman, Khieu Samphan, is expected to deliver his final defense in his appeal against convictions for genocide and crimes against humanity when the Khmer Rouge tribunal begins its last public hearings in Phnom Penh next week.

A bench of Cambodian and international judges will then deliberate on the 90-year-old’s appeal at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and then start finalizing its legal work which began more than 15 years ago.

The ECCC has also secured convictions against the former commandant of the S21 torture and extermination center, Kaing Guek Eav — commonly known as Duch — and former brother number two Nuon Chea. Both died behind bars.

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