Khmer Rouge torturer to appeal

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The Independent Online

The former chief jailer of the Khmer Rouge is appealing against his conviction and prison sentence. Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, was convicted in July of war crimes and crimes against humanity and sentenced to 35 years, reduced to 19 years because of time served.

Prosecutors have already asked for a longer sentence, saying the judgment gave "insufficient weight to the gravity of his crimes".

Duch, who ran the former Communist regime's infamous Tuol Sleng prison camp in Phnom Penh, is the only senior Khmer Rouge member held by the UN war crimes tribunal in Cambodia to admit his guilt.