First Khmer Rouge Trial Verdict Announced

On 26 July a verdict was handed down in the case against Kaing Khek Ieu (Duch), the director of the notorious interrogation and torture centre, S-21.Duch was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but his sentence was reduced by
11 years in compensation for the time he spent in pre-trial detention and a
further five years in recognition of his co-operation with the court.
The trial of four more Khmer Rouge leaders, Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan,
Ieng Sary and Ieng Thirith, could last from March 2011 to the third quarter of
2012. Two additional cases are now at the office of investigating judges,
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following split decisions between Cambodian and international judges. No
further cases are proposed.

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