|Cambodia Justice Initiative|
The Cambodia Justice Initiative is a project of BABC and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI). This project is committed to working with Cambodians to ensure that the trials of the surviving former leaders of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime are independent, legitimate, and fair, and perceived as such, in order to bring justice to the victims of the Khmer Rouge mass atrocities.
The Verdict is In: Kaing Guk Eav sentenced to 19 years
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), through a U.N.-backed tribunal, sentenced senior Khmer Rouge commander Kaing Huek Eav to 35 years in prison on Monday July 26th, 2010 in its first verdict on the revolution blamed for 1.7 million deaths in Cambodia between 1975-1979.
The 67-year-old, also known as Duch, was found guilty of murder, torture, rape, inhumane acts, crimes against humanity and other charges for running Tuol Sleng – the notorious S-21 torture prison. He will only serve 19 years after the court subtracted 16 years for time already served — short of the maximum 40 years sought by the prosecution and the life behind bars many Cambodians demanded.
Link to New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/26/world/asia/26cambo.html?ref=world
Former Top Khmer Rouge Leaders Indicated
On September 15th, 2010 the Co-Investigating Judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, signed the Closing Order for Case File 002, indicting the accused former Khmer Rouge leaders Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith, Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea in the second high profile case of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. All four accused have been charged with Crimes Against Humanity, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, Genocide and other offences under the Cambodian Criminal Code.
Link to ECCC press release: http://www.eccc.gov.kh/english/news.view.aspx?doc_id=369
Link to New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/world/asia/16cambodia.html?_r=2&ref=world