20 Feb '16, 12pm

Top Khmer Rouge leader tells court he fought for 'social justice'

PHNOM PENH: One of the Khmer Rouge's top surviving leaders on Wednesday (Feb 18) challenged his life sentence for crimes against humanity and said he had only fought for "social justice" in Cambodia, in rare comments made to a UN-backed court. The brutal regime's former head of state Khieu Samphan, 84, raised his voice to a chamber in Phnom Penh that will decide whether to accept an appeal on the guilty verdict handed down to him and another senior leader, 89-year-old Nuon Chea. The men were convicted of committing crimes against humanity in 2014 for their pivotal role in the communist government that oversaw the deaths of up to two million Cambodians from 1975-1979 - nearly one-quarter of the population. "What I want to say today and what I want my countrymen to hear is that as an intellectual I have never wanted anything other than social justice for my country," Khieu S...

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