Cambodia's Khmer Rouge court upholds conviction in final ruling

Former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia hearing in Phnom Penh today. – ECCC/EPA handout, September 22, 2022.

CAMBODIA’S UN-backed Khmer Rouge war crimes court gave its final verdict today, upholding the genocide conviction and life sentence imposed on the regime’s last surviving leader.

The tribunal was ruling on an appeal by Khieu Samphan, head of state for the murderous communist regime that wiped out a quarter of the Cambodian population in less than four years in the 1970s.

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