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Closing Arguments Begin in Khmer Rouge Prison Chief Tribunal

Closing arguments begin today in Phnom Penh in the UN-backed tribunal for former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch. Duch is accused of crimes against humanity in the killings of over 14,000 people in Tuol Sleng prison. Closing sessions are scheduled to last throughout the week, concluding with a statement from Duch. A verdict is expected early next year. Duch faces a maximum sentence of life in prison; there is no death penalty in Cambodia. The tribunal expects to try four other senior Khmer Rouge leaders who allegedly contributed to the killing of over 1.7 million people in the late 1970’s. Read more at NYTimes.


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