Khmer Rouge Chief Jailer Gets Life In Prison

Published February 3, 2012 4:54AM (EST)

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Khmer Rouge tribunal's Supreme Court has ordered the regime's chief jailer to serve life imprisonment, a surprise ruling that stiffens a 19-year sentence imposed by a lower court.

Kaing Guek Eav — also known as Duch — was commander of the notorious S-21 prison where thousands of Cambodians were tortured before execution"

In 2010, the tribunal's lower court convicted him of war crimes, crimes against humanity, torture and murder.

He was sentenced to 35 years in prison but had 11 years shaved off.

The sentence was appealed by prosecutors who called it too lenient and by Duch who argued it was too harsh.

Friday's ruling marks the end of the tribunal's first war crimes case, which came more than 30 years after the Khmer Rouge's brutal reign.

By Salon Staff

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