Last surviving Khmer Rouge leader appeals genocide conviction

Khieu Samphan is one of only three people convicted over the group’s brutal rule during which some two million people died.

Khieu Samphan, Cambodia’s last surviving senior Khmer Rouge leader, has begun an appeal against his conviction on charges of genocide during the brutal regime’s rule in Cambodia more than 40 years ago.

Ninety-year-old Khieu Samphan was the Khmer Rouge’s head of state. He was convicted in 2018 by a UN-backed court on charges of genocide relating to the minority Vietnamese.

His lawyers on Monday argued the tribunal had taken a “selective approach” to witness testimony and not given proper weight to evidence in his favour.

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