CAMBODIA: ‘ GENOCIDE TRIAL OF FORMER KHMER ROUGE LEADER RESUMES ‘

#AceNewsServices – CAMBODIA – October 17 – A former Khmer Rouge leader branded his conviction for crimes against humanity a “child’s fairytale” at a UN-backed court in Cambodia Friday, as he faced further charges of genocide, forced marriage and rape AFP said.  

A former Khmer Rouge leader branded his conviction for crimes against humanity a "child's fairytale" at a UN-backed court in Cambodia Friday, as he faced further charges of genocide, forced marriage and rape. Nuon Chea, 88, known as "Brother Number Two", has already been given a life sentence along with ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, 83, after a separate trial at the same court in August for crimes against humanity. That ruling saw them become the first top figures to be jailed from a regime responsible for the deaths of up to two million Cambodians from 1975-1979. As his genocide trial resumed Friday, Nuon Chea spoke in court for the first time since his conviction to accuse judges of ignoring his evidence in August. "You presented a story that was simple but ultimately just a child's fairytale... you made a bitterly disappointing mockery of justice," he told the court. The ex-leader also called for the judges to be disqualified and his defence team to boycott further hearings until a decision on the subject is made.

A former Khmer Rouge leader branded his conviction for crimes against humanity a “child’s fairytale” at a UN-backed court in Cambodia Friday, as he faced further charges of genocide, forced marriage and rape. 

Nuon Chea, 88, known as “Brother Number Two”, has already been given a life sentence along with ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, 83, after a separate trial at the same court in August for crimes against humanity.

Top Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of crimes against humanity, sentenced to life in prison

Top Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of crimes against humanity, sentenced to life in prison

As his genocide trial resumed Friday, Nuon Chea spoke in court for the first time since his conviction to accuse judges of ignoring his evidence in August.

“You presented a story that was simple but ultimately just a child’s fairytale… you made a bitterly disappointing mockery of justice,” he told the court.

The ex-leader also called for the judges to be disqualified and his defence team to boycott further hearings until a decision on the subject is made.

They have already been given life sentences after a separate trial at the same court in August for crimes against humanity.

The two became the first top figures to be jailed from a regime responsible for the deaths of up to 2 million Cambodians in 1975-1979.

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