Cambodian court dismisses an appeal to spare two leaders of the former Khmer Rouge from life sentences. Julie Noce reports.
A U.N. backed court ruled on Wednesday against an appeal to spare life sentences for two former leaders of the Khmer Rouge. Nuon Chea and former President Khieu Samphan listened as the ruling was read in court. The ruling orders the prisoners must stay in court until they are transfered to government prison. Wearing dark sunglasses, 88-year-old Nuon Chea -- known as "Brother Number Two", and 83-year-old Khieu Samphan were found guilty of crimes against humanity . They, along with two other defendants were accused of genocide during the 1970's Khmer Rouge regime under Pol Pot. Between 1.7 and 2.2 million people are believed to have died during the regime- mostly from starvation, torture, exhaustion or from being bludgeoned to death during mass executions at "killing fields". The majority of people in Cambodia were born after this era, but for some who survived the regime, the ruling offers little condolence. The verdict is little justice for me, this 59-year-old survivor said. Why? Because we were tortured, starved and our family separated. One of the two other defendants in the case died, the other was declared unfit to stand trial. Pol Pot died in 1998.