In the first verdict handed down by the joint UN-Cambodian court examining the Khmer Rouge, Kaing Guek Eav has been found guilty of murder, torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
He has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. Kaing Gek Eav, known as “Duch”, was commander of Camp S-21, a former high school in Phnom Penh that was converted into an interrogation and torture centre for what the regime dubbed its “enemies”.
More than 14,000 people died in the camp, and only seven of its detainees survived.
The trial has taken eight months, but any subsequent cases could take much longer. Four more leading Khmer figures are awaiting trial, including former President Khieu Samphan.