Thang Long - Hanoi

Home :: World :: ASEAN
Former Khmer Rouge chief gets life imprisonment
04/02/2012 | 11:22:00
EMAIL PRINT Bookmark and Share SHARE Font Size A A A
The UN-backed tribunal's Supreme Court on Feb. 4 sentenced Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch, commander of Khmer Rouge Tuol Sleng prison, to life imprisonment for his crimes against the Cambodian people.

The Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) gave him the maximum sentence available under the law, quashing the 35-year sentence imposed by the Trial Chamber on July 26, 2010.

He admitted to overseeing the torture of his prisoners before sending them for execution at the "killing fields."

Judge Kong Srim, president of the Supreme Court Chamber, said that the upper court felt the penalty should be more severe because the former jailer was responsible for the brutal deaths of so many people.

"The crimes of Kaing Guek Eav were of a particularly shocking and heinous character based on the number of people who were proven to have been killed," the judge said. The tribunal says Duch oversaw the deaths of at least 12,272 victims but estimates have placed the number as high as 16,000.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An called the sentence a historical victory of Cambodia and finally justice was served./.

COMMENTS
Your comments will be likely edited before publishing
Fullname
(*)  
Email
(*) 
Content
(*)
   
Festival commemorates nation’s legendary mother
The northern midland province of Phu Tho launched a festival paying homage to Vietnam’s legendary mother Au Co.
Ngoc Hoi–Dong Da Victory celebrated
A festival was held in Hanoi on Feb 23 to mark the 226th anniversary of the Ngoc Hoi–Dong Da Victory.
Vietnam rings in New Year with firework, music
Millions of people across Vietnam took to the streets in jubilant celebrations of the Lunar New Year.
President extends New Year greetings
President Truong Tan Sang extended his best wishes to all Vietnamese people on the eve of Lunar New Year.
More Tet gifts come to less fortunate people
More gift packages are being delivered to needy people on the occasion of the Lunar New Year.
Vietnamese abroad cheer upcoming Tet
Vietnamese expatriates gathered in foreign countries on February 8 in celebration of Lunar New Year.
Front leader pays pre-Tet visit to Phu Tho
Vietnam Fatherland Front President Nguyen Thien Nhan presented Tet gifts to AO/dioxin victims in Phu Tho.
VN targets diversified cultural diplomacy
The PM approved the National Strategy on Cultural Diplomacy through 2020.

EMAIL PRINT Bookmark and Share SHARE Font Size A A A
Other websites:
Partners: