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