The three leaders—Noun Chea, Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary—are charged with atrocity crimes that include genocide.
Cambodian deputy prosecutor Veng Huot said Khieu Samphan had attained the movement’s highest rank through two decades of resistance.
In an e-mail interview, Royce said he has sent a letter to Secretary of State noting his concern for an ongoing culture of impunity.
The life sentence for Khmer Rouge torture chief Duch is a “good example” to society, a researcher said this week.
The two statements are an escalation of a series of public splits
between Cambodian and international judges at the UN-backed court...
Nuon Chea said he wanted to see original documentation and hear recordings of his own voice before giving the accusations credence.
In it are dozens of photographs from a 1978 trip Becker took with other journalists at the invitation of Khmer Rouge leaders.
The aid came “without conditions” and was not expected to be reimbursed, he said under questioning from a court prosecutor.
Becker’s book relies in part on her early reporting on the Khmer Rouge and interviews with its leaders, including Pol Pot.
Meanwhile, two suspects in those cases told VOA Khmer this week they would be relieved to have the cases dropped.
The court is currently trying three more top leaders of the regime, but many critics say this is as far as the hybrid court will go.
Kaing Kek Iev, better known as Duch, had appealed to reduce his 35-year-term.