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Khmer Rouge War Crimes: Guilty Verdict, 19 Year Sentence

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Khmer Rouge war crimes landed a guilty verdict that came with a 19 year sentence.  The chief Khmer Rouge jailer Kaing Guek Eav aka “Duch” was sentenced to 35 years by a UN Tribunal, although considering time served and other factors will only be inside bars for a total of 19 years.

The “killing fields” in Cambodia meant that Duch oversaw the deaths of 16,000.  The regime is said to be responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million people from 1975-1979.

People burst out into tears over the verdict.  Kaing Guek Eav could actually walk free after serving his time.  He is, however, 67 years old so there’s also a good chance he could die in jail as well.

The Khmer Rouge regime was an ultra-communist regime that was trying to turn the land into an agrarian collective. They killed a quarter of Cambodia’s population during their rule.  So far, Duch is the only one to be brought to justice.  The ringleader of the group will never face justice as he has already passed on.

Several other senior members of the regime are also awaiting trial for their alleged roles in the starvation, neglect, abuse, and torture of Cambodians.

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