Cambodia has welcomed the conviction of two Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes against humanity by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

Cabinet spokesman Ek Tha said on August 8 that Cambodia never lost sight of justice for the victims of these horrors and welcomes this delivery of judgment.

Earlier on August 7, the ECCC sentenced Nuon Chea, 88, and ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, 83, to life imprisonment.

It was the first-ever conviction for top leaders of a regime responsible for the deaths of up to two million Cambodians through starvation, overwork or execution from 1975-1979.

The verdict was also hailed by many victims, foreign governments and social organisations.
The complex case against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan was split into a series of smaller trials in 2011 to get a faster verdict given their advanced age and the vast number of accusations.

A second trial against the pair began last week, while the tribunal is also investigating two new possible cases involving several lower-ranking cadres.

The UN-backed ECCC was established in 2006 with the purpose of regaining justice for victims of the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-1979.

Earlier, the court also gave a life sentence judgment to former head of Toul Sleng prison Kaing Guek Eav (alias Duch) for war crimes and crimes against humanity.-VNA