> Members of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime we’re found guilty of genocide for the first time ever on Friday by a UN-backed court. The verdict came nearly four decades after tyrannical rule under Pol Pot was overthrown. Around two million people died from 1975 to 79. That was almost a quarter of the population.
The court sentenced to life in prison brother number two, Nuon Chea now 92 and former President Khieu Samphan, 87. They were on trial both for genocide charges against the Cham Muslim minority and the Vietnamese people, as well as various crimes against humanity. Both men denied the charges. The court found that the Khmer Rouge had a policy to target both groups to create quote, an atheistic and homogeneous society without class division.
The court is a hybrid UN-Cambodian tribunal set up in 2005. It's only convicted three people including the two on Friday. The court's been plague by a political interference and is not expected to hear anymore cases. Prime Minister Hun Sen was himself a Khmer Rouge guerrilla who defected to the regime's eventual conquerors, Vietnam.
He has said he would not allow any new indictments beyond a handful of top leaders.