A UN-backed tribunal in Cambodia has sentenced two former Khmer Rouge leaders to life in prison for crimes against humanity related to their role in the country's 1970s terror. Thursday's verdict follows a two-year trial of "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea and former head of state Khieu Samphan - the most senior surviving ex-Khmer Rouge officials.
They were accused of playing key roles in a regime that oversaw the deaths of two million people during the "Killing Fields" era from 1975-1979.
Nuon Chea, 88, wearing his trademark sunglasses, sat in a wheelchair in the dock next to Khieu Samphan, 83, as proceedings got under way. The tribunal's chief judge Nil Nonn finally asked both men to rise for the verdicts but the frail Nuon Chea said he was too weak to stand and was allowed to remain seated.
There was no visible reaction from either of the accused as the judge said both men were found guilty of crimes against humanity, forced transfers, forced disappearances and attacks against human dignity and sentenced to life imprisonment.