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The appeals chamber of the United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia trying cases of mass murder and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970's, today sentenced the former head of a notorious detention camp to life in prison, upholding an earlier conviction and extending the existing jail term. UNKART

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STORY: CAMBODIA / VERDICT
TRT: 1.29
SOURCE: UNKART
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH INTERPRETATION/ NATS

DATELINE: 3 FEBRUARY 2012, PHNOM PHEN, CAMBODIA

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, Court
2. Med shot, judges
3. Wide shot, court
4. Med shot, Kaing Guek Eav sitting down
5. Med shot, judge tells Kaing Guek Eav to stand up
6. SOUNDUP (English Interpretation) Judge Kong Srim, President of the ECCC’S Supreme Court:
“Affirms Kaing Guek Eav conviction for the crime against humanity of persecution and enters additional convictions for the crimes against humanity of extermination encompassing murder, enslavement, imprisonment, torture, and other inhumane acts.”
7. Med shot, judges
8. SOUNDUP (English Interpretation) Judge Kong Srim, President of the ECCC’S Supreme Court:
“Orders that Kaing Guek Eav remain in the custody of the ECCC pending the finalization of arrangements for his transfer.”
9. Med shot, journalist
10. SOUNDUP (English Interpretation) Judge Kong Srim, President of the ECCC’S Supreme Court:
“Security personnel are now instructed to take the convicted person Kaing Guek Eav to the detention facility.”
11. Med shot, judge
12. Wide shot, Kaing Guek Eav being led away

STORYLINE:

The appeals chamber of the United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia trying cases of mass murder and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge regime today sentenced the former head of a notorious detention camp to life in prison, upholding an earlier conviction and extending the existing jail term.

The Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) upheld the conviction of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, and ordered that he be jailed for life, the maximum sentence under the law for crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.

The court quashed the 35-year sentence handed down by the trial chamber on 26 July 2010 for war crime and crimes against humanity. It also overturned the trial chamber’s decision to grant Kaing remedy for illegal detention by the Cambodian military court between 1999 and 2007.

The prosecution had argued in its appeal that the earlier judgement gave “insufficient weight to the gravity of Duch’s crimes and his role and his willing participation in those crimes.” The court dismissed Kaing’s own appeal in which he argued that the ECCC had no jurisdiction over him.

Kaing headed the S-21 security prison in Phnom Penh, where numerous Cambodians were unlawfully detained, subjected to inhumane conditions and forced labour, tortured and executed in the late 1970s. A minimum of 12,272 people died at S-21 over a period of three years.
The court rejected claims for reparation either because they would be unenforceable, or due to the fact that implementing them would require Kaing, who is indigent, to pay, or place the compensation obligation on the State.

The ECCC is a hybrid court set up after a 2003 agreement between the UN and the Cambodian Government with the aim of trying those accused of the worst crimes during the Khmer Rouge regime.

As many as 2 million people are thought to have died during the rule of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979, which was then followed by a protracted period of civil war in the South-East Asian country.
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