Cambodian court upholds sentences of Khmer Rouge chiefs

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Cambodia's UN-backed court upheld life sentences for two top former Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes against humanity, a verdict welcomed by survivors of the brutal regime.

"Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea, 90, and ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, 85, were the first top leaders to be jailed in 2014, belonging to a regime responsible for the deaths of up to two million Cambodians from 1975 to 1979.

"We express our hope that this trial and today's delivery of the final judgment brings some relief for your pain and suffering," Deputy Prime Minister Sok An said, addressing survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime.

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