Last living member of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime tries to overturn genocide, war crimes charges

Khieu Samphan, 90, served as the Khmer Rouge's head of state. Today, he's trying to overturn several charges tied to his involvement in the brutal regime. While some have lauded the Khmer Rouge tribunal, it may end with a mixed legacy.

The final living member of the Khmer Rouge regime took the stand Monday in an attempt to overturn charges of genocide and war crimes he’d been previously convicted of in 2018.

In what is believed to be the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s final hearing, the legal team of 90-year-old Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge head of state, argued in a Phnom Penh courtroom that their client did not have adequate time to prepare an initial defense, among other things.

“It [the verdict] should be null and void, and so I am requesting the Supreme Court chamber to … reverse the judgment,” attorney Kong Sam On told the judges, according to the AP.

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