Former Khmer Rouge official is sentenced to life in prison

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Kaing Guek Eav

A former senior official of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia has been sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity.

Kaing Guek Eav alias "Duch" was commander of the top-secret Tuol Sleg prison in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia during the bloody rule of Khmer Rouge in the 1970s.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Duch had been facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity before the UN-supported Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

He was accused of the deaths of over 12,000 people at the Tuol Sleg prison in the 1970s.

The Supreme Court of the ECCC granted an appeal by prosecutors against a sentence of 35 years in prison imposed on Duch in July 2010.

The sentence was then changed to life in prison.

It's estimated that two million people died during the Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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