Former Khmer Rouge leader on trial
Kaing Guek Eav, 66, widely known as Duch, is standing trial for overseeing the deaths of 15,000 people during the Khmer Rouge reign in Cambodia. CNN
CNN said that the trial started Monday in front of a U.N.-backed tribunal, who does not have the authority to issue a death sentence. Duch already admitted to his role during the Khmer Rouge regime, and he could receive a sentencing from five years to life.
Khmer Rouge rose to power in 1975 with its leader Pol Pot, who died in 1998. During their reign more than 1.7 million Cambodians died, which was one-forth of their population.
Duch is the first former leader to stand trial, and it is supposed to last three to four months, CNN reported.