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Death Penalty: u.n.-Assisted Court and Pol Pot

death penalty: The communist Khmer Rouge, under the leadership of the late Pol Pot, sought to eliminate all traces of what they saw as corrupt bourgeois life, destroying most religious, financial and social institutions.article continues below Trending Stories Vancouver woman attacked in West End apartment building Diaries reveal harrowing experiences of First World War nursing sisters Nuon Chea NOO'-ahn CHEE'-ah and Khieu Samphan KEE'-yoh sahm-PAHN' were sentenced by the U.N.-assisted court to life in prison, the same punishment they are already serving after being convicted in a previous trial for crimes against humanity connected with forced transfers of people and mass disappearances, according to Vancouver Courier. Cambodia has no death penalty. Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan were top leaders in a regime that forced residents out of the cities into the countryside, where they laboured under brutal conditions in giant agricultural co-operatives and work projects. Nuon Chea, 92, was considered the Khmer Rouge's main ideologist and Pol Pot's right-hand man, while Khieu Samphan, 87, served as the head of state, presenting a moderate veneer as the public face for the highly secretive group. But executions counted for only a fraction of the death toll. Dissent under Khmer Rouge rule was usually met with death, and even the group's loyalists faced torture and execution as the radical experiment at revolution failed, with blame cast about its ranks for alleged sabotage. ( As reported in the news.