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  • Writer's pictureCharles Dunst

The South China Morning Post: "Khmer Rouge Leaders Convicted of Genocide in Landmark Court Ruling"

Updated: Mar 7, 2019

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia –– A United Nations-backed court in Cambodia has for the first time found leaders of the Khmer Rouge, the ultranationalist regime of Pol Pot that terrorised Cambodia from 1975 to 1979, guilty of genocide.

The verdicts against Nuon Chea, 92, and Khieu Samphan, 87, the two most senior surviving members of the regime, also included crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. Both men were sentenced to life in prison.

Chief Judge Nil Nonn, in a court on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, declared that the Khmer Rouge leaders took part in a “joint criminal enterprise” through which they committed the crimes.

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