Prosecution asks for 40 years in Khmer Rouge trial

The prosecution in the trial of former Khmer Rouge prison chief, Kaing Guek Eav, known as Comrade Duch, asked the court 25 November to sentence him to 40 years prison for overseeing the torture and deaths of more than 12,000 people who passed through the S-21 prison in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. An estimated two million people died in Cambodia during the 1975-1979 Khmer Rouge regime.

Comrade Duch has cooperated with the prosecution and expressed remorse for his actions. The prosecution described his “unrelenting brutality.” A verdict by the UN-backed court on the outskirts of Phnom Penh is expected early next year.

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