The Khmer Rouge's former number two leader denied charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in his final statement at a United Nations-backed tribunal Thursday. Nuon Chea told the Phnom Penh court he never instructed any of his communist cadres to commit crimes. Although he expressed his "deepest remorse" for the victims of the Khmer Rouge, the 87-year-old insisted he was carrying out his duty to serve his country and never told any of his communist cadres to commit crimes. Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh.
Prosecutors at the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal have asked for the life sentences for two aging leaders of the regime, as they continued with closing statements in a portion of the case against them. Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan are facing charges of atrocity crimes, including genocide. Cambodian prosecutor Chea Leang said life imprisonment for both men was necessary to bring justice to the dead and to survivors, “who experienced the regime’s atrocities under the governance of the two accused.” (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)