A U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia has upheld life sentences given to two former leaders of the Khmer rouge regime for overseeing the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979..
Khieu Samphan, the former head of State, and Nuon Chea, second in command to Khmer rouge leader Pol Pot, were originally sentenced in 2014 in connection with charges of extermination, enforced disappearances and political persecution.
The Supreme Court chamber’s top Judge Kong Srim said the life sentences were appropriate, and that the two men showed a “complete lack of consideration for the ultimate fate of the Cambodian Population.”
Chea and Samphan who are the most senior Khmer Rouge officials still living are also on trial in a second case involving genocide charges.
The tribunal has convicted one other person, while many of the Khmer rouge leaders have died.