Witnesses and survivors of the Khmer Rouge killings have given mixed reactions after watching the delivery of the verdict.
Rob Hamill, the brother of a Khmer Rouge victim, said: “All I can say is that my family, who are no longer here to see justice, would not want to see this man walk free, even if it’s in 19 years’ time.”
“My feelings are irrelevant,” he added. “It’s more about the people who have gone, who are no longer here, and obviously the Cambodian people who are still suffering. I’m not happy, I’m not happy. It’s just that reality, though, he should not be a free man.”
Prison survivor Chum Mey said: “I feel despair because if he gets only 18, what about the other four. They may be released.”
Human rights activist Seng Theary said: “Even though he didn’t receive a life sentence he will be effectively in prison for the rest of his life. So in that regard it is acceptable. As long as it is not possible for him to walk on the street as a free man, it is acceptable to me.”
Pan Mony, a woman whose father was killed by the Khmer Rouge, said: “We feel relief because the court has punished him.”