Former leaders of Khmer Rouge regime deny war crimes charges on final day of trial

By Katie Bacharach

Two former leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime denied responsibility for war crimes on the last day of their trial before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), according to the UN News Centre.

The ECCC was established in 2006 to try those most responsible for the crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. Mr. Nuon Chea and Mr. Khieu Samphan are on trial for war crimes and both men denied responsibility and expressed remorse for those who suffered under the regime. The prosecution called for a life sentence, arguing that the two men were the masterminds of criminal policies that forced millions of people to march thousands of kilometers to unknown places in inhumane conditions and killed hundreds of former Lon Nol officials and soldiers.