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Life sought in Khmer Rouge trial

AFP-JIJI

Prosecutors at Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge court on Monday demanded the maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment for two former top regime leaders on trial for crimes against humanity.

“Brother No. 2,” Nuon Chea, 87, and ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, 82, are accused of playing a leading role in the Killing Fields atrocities in the late 1970s that left up to 2 million people dead. Prosecutor Chea Leang said life in prison is “the only punishment that they deserve.”

Cambodia’s U.N.-backed court is moving closer to a verdict in the complex trial of the two top leaders, which has been split into a series of smaller trials. Life imprisonment is the maximum sentence it can deliver. There is no death penalty.