04 Feb '12, 4am

Khmer Rouge chief jailer loses appeal, receives life sentence instead of 19 years' jail

PHNOM PENH - A United Nations-backed tribunal's Supreme Court yesterday ordered the Khmer Rouge regime's chief jailer to serve out the rest of his life in prison because of his "shocking and heinous" crimes against the Cambodian people. The surprise ruling increased a lower court's 19-year sentence that had been appealed by prosecutors as too lenient and outraged survivors who feared the man who oversaw the killing of thousands could one day walk free. Kaing Guek Eav (picture), who is known as Duch, was the first defendant to be tried by the tribunal. He was commander of Phnom Penh's top secret Tuol Sleng prison - code-named S-21. He admitted to overseeing the torture of his prisoners before sending them for execution at the "killing fields". The Supreme Court Chamber yesterday ruled that Duch should take full responsibility for the estimated 14,000 people killed during th...

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