The Last Stand by Pol Pot’s Last Man

“No what matter what you decide I will die in prison… that’s the end,” Khieu Samphan told the court.

The Khmer Rouge tribunal ended 15 years of public hearings today with the former head of state, Khieu Samphan, taking the stand for a dramatic 16 minutes in a last ditch appeal against his conviction for genocide.

Looking fit and dressed in his usual beige jacket, the 90-year-old, who had discarded a face mask worn to guard against COVID-19, said, “I categorically refuse to accept the accusation and the conviction of genocide.”

“I can not accept the accusation that I was involved in a plot to commit crimes against my compatriots including the Cham or the Vietnamese,” he said.

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