Prosecutors seek life in prison for 2 Khmer Rouge accusedBy AP News Oct 21, 2013 5:42PM UTC
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Prosecutors at Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal have requested life imprisonment for two of the regime’s surviving leaders.
Nuon Chea, 87, the Khmer Rouge’s chief ideologist, and Khieu Samphan, its head of state, are charged with genocide and crimes against humanity including torture, enslavement and murder.
Co-prosecutor Chea Leang said Monday the two men have shown little remorse for their roles in the Khmer Rouge.
She wrapped up the prosecution’s closing arguments by calling for justice for those who died and lived through their “vicious and cruel regime.”
An estimated 1.7 million people died from torture, execution, disease and starvation during the Khmer Rouge’s brutal 1970s rule.
The U.N.-backed trial is scheduled to conclude this month after closing arguments from defense lawyers and statements from the defendants themselves.