Hot! Convicted: Khmer Rouge Leaders Get Prison for Life

Judge's GavelThe Guardian reports that Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, the first former Khmer Rouge leaders to be convicted since the regime ended nearly 40 years ago, have been sentenced to life in prison.

Chea, the Khmer Rouge’s Brother No. 2, and Samphan, the former head of state, were both found guilty of crimes against humanity and will still face trial for other charges against them including homicide, torture, genocide and religious persecution.

The attorneys at Chaninat and Leeds are experts on Thailand criminal law and have decades of experience in Thai courts.

The sentence comes after a three year trial by a United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal. Despite how old the two convicts are—Chea is 88 and Samphan is 83—and how lengthy and expensive the trial has been, human rights groups are calling this a “historic victory” for Cambodia, according to The Guardian.

The Guardian reports that both defendants’ lawyers will appeal against the verdict and the sentence.

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