A special tribunal in Phnom Penh has condemned to death the ousted Kampuchean leaders Pol Pot and Ieng Sary after finding them guilty of genocide.
A special tribunal in Phnom Penh has condemned to death the ousted Kampuchean leaders Pol Pot and Ieng Sary after finding them guilty of genocide. They are convicted in their absence after a show trial.
SYNOPSIS: The two defendants remain at large in the countryside, leading their Khmer Rouge loyalists in a guerrilla war against the regime which put them on trial. The Cambodian People's Revolutionary Court was presided over by Keo Chanda, the Minister for Information, Press and Propaganda.
Three former soldiers confessed to killing for Pol Pot. One of them said he had killed five people on the first day of a series of killings that left just over two thousand dead to celebrate Pol Pot's victory in 1975. The court heard of 200 people a day being slain by blows to the back of the head.
Weeping women recounted grisly stories of massacres, summary executions and tortures. Pol Pot and his deputy were accused of being responsible for the deaths of about three million people in systematic massacres, the elimination of the national culture and the destruction of the economy during three years in power.
The five-day trial, attended by observers from many countries, found Pol Pot and Ieng Sary guilty of genocide and condemned them to death. The verdict was read to an empty dock but a full courtroom.The defendants, believed to be somewhere in western Kampuchea, were given seven days to appeal their sentences.