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Life sentence sought for Cambodia KRouge leaders

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 Number Two" 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 two million people dead. Prosecutor Chea Leang said life in prison was "the only punishment that they deserve".

Khmer Rouge tribunal gets loan to tackle unpaid salary crisis

The U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal said Wednesday it has secured funds to pay more than 140 Cambodian staff who stopped working earlier this month after their salaries were not paid for three months. The cash-strapped tribunal, established in 2001 to try former Khmer Rouge figures for crimes against humanity and war crimes, said in a statement that the United Nations has secured authorization from major donors for a loan to cover the unpaid salaries. The loan amounts to more than $1 million.
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