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Khmer Rouge's chief jailer gets 35 years for war crimes

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A very sad day in history. The UN tribunal should be ashamed and publicly ridiculed for handing out such a light sentence. It makes a mockery of the trial process and throws kerosene on the mental wounds and suffering of the victims' families.

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Every time I hear/read about Cambodia's history I feel heart broken. This guy should have easily got the 40 years, without any time shaved off.

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Justice is so arbitrary.

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The book by Nic Dunlop called The Lost Executioner is a great telling of Duch's life and his pursuit and capture.

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american_bengoshi, what the heck? Granted this scum should have gotten life, but not many guys like this ever face justice at all, so I am going to count my blessings, not whine that he did not get a harsher sentence. At his age what he got is probably life anyway.

Some more cases like this and would be regime running scum might actually think twice.

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On a side note, a UN-backed war crimes tribunal allows for the death penalty?

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Agree the sentence is too light. I can understand that the surviving victims' families may not be satisfied.

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"starvation, medical neglect, slave-like working conditions and execution under the Maoist regime that sought to turn the country into an agrarian utopia from 1975-79" Pretty much sums up Chinese Communism.

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It's kind of ironic that these criminals are protected behind bars, where for decades nobody can lynch them. Never have to look over their shoulder, can even read a book to pass the time. Well, justice isn't perfect and we just have to accept that.

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The headline should be "... gets 19 years." Cripes, he might just still be alive when his sentence is up.

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This would make some good opera, in nearby China first, but it's a story that could play in other places.

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