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Jail for Khmer Rouge prison boss

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Jail for Khmer Rouge prison boss


A senior member of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia has been sentenced to 35 years in prison by a UN- backed court.

The verdict against Kaing Guek Eav is the first by the court, three decades after the so-called “killing fields” revolution tore the country apart.

Eav, known as Comrade Duch, was found guilty of murder, torture and crimes against humanity for running a prison inside a converted school.

The 67-year-old teacher will only serve 30 years of his sentence, as the court ruled he was held illegally for five years by the military.

The Tuol Sleng prison, also known as S-21, was where some 14,000 people were tortured and murdered.

The jail came to symbolise the horrors of the ultra-communist regime blamed for 1.7 million deaths between 1975 and 79.

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