Khmer Rouge leader sentenced to 35 years in jail

Updated On: Jul 27, 2010

Cambodia’s UN-backed war crimes court yesterday sentenced the 67-year-old former Khmer Rouge commander Kaing Guek Eav to 35 years in prison. The sentence was then reduced to 19 years for the time already served. Better known as Duch, his revolutionary name, the former math teacher is found guilty of murder, rape, crimes against humanity and other charges as chief of the Tuol Sleng prison, where he oversaw murders of around 15,000 men, women and children from 1975 to 1979. Duch, who remained silent as the judge read the verdict, became the first

Following the verdict, Khmer rouge survivors and their families dismayed over the court decision which they considered incredibly lenient. “We hoped this tribunal would strike hard at impunity but if you can kill 14,000 people and serve only 19 years — 11 hours per life taken — what is that? It’s a joke,” said Theary Seng, a Cambodian American who lost her father at Tuol Sleng. A survivor from the prison, Chum Mey, was disappointed it is not a life sentence. He commented, “I'm not happy. My tears are falling again. We suffered once under the regime, and now we are suffering again.”

Khmer Rouge leader gets 35 years for mass murder [The Jakarta Post, 27 July 2010]
KRouge victims dismayed [The Straits Times, 27 July 2010]

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