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Rights groups concerned by conduct of Khmer Rouge trial
Despite widespread jubilation over the life sentence handed to Khmer Rouge jailer Kaing Guek Eav, local and international rights groups are concerned that the process of justice has not been well served.
- Bridget Di Certo
- February 7, 2012
Victims rejoiced on Friday as the Supreme Court Chamber at the UN-backed tribunal scratched the original sentence against Duch and awarded him the maximum penalty under Cambodian criminal law â€“ the rest of his life behind bars â€“ for crimes the chamber called â€śundoubtedly among the worst in recorded human historyâ€ť.
However, rights groups and monitors are concerned the chamberâ€™s dramatic sentence contains elements which could have dark ramifications for fair trial rights and the courtâ€™s remaining three cases.
â€śThe decision to overturn the legal remedy for Duchâ€™s unlawful detention and to provide no alternative may be perceived as a case of public opinion trumping human rights,â€ť Amnesty Internationalâ€™s Rupert Abbott said on Friday.
The former chairman of the notorious interrogation facility was illegally detained by the Cambodian Military Court for eight years, a breach of human rights the Trial Chamber at the court had originally sought to remedy through a sentence reduction of five years.
However, in a decision disputed by two of the international appellate judges, the chamber counted Duchâ€™s illegal detention by the Cambodian Military as time served.
Full Story: Duch verdict worries
Source: Phnom Penh Post