Ex-Khmer Rouge Warden Sentenced to 35 Years for Mass Killings

July 26 (Bloomberg) -- A United Nations-backed tribunal found the top Khmer Rouge prison warden guilty of mass killings in Cambodia, the first conviction after a 13-year effort to holder leaders of the failed regime to account.

Kang Kek Ieu, also known as Duch, was sentenced to 35 years in prison, a live broadcast of the trial verdict showed. The regime has been blamed for the deaths of at least 1.7 million people from 1975 and 1979. Prosecutors had been seeking a 40-year jail sentence for Duch, who is 67.

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