3 Feb 2012

Comrade Duch's sentence increased to life

10:11 pm on 3 February 2012

The United Nations-backed war crimes court in Cambodia has increased the sentence of a man who ran an infamous detention centre.

Kaing Guek Eav better known as Comrade Doch was found guilty of crimes against humanity in July 2010 for overseeing the torture and murder of about 15,000 people in a Khmer Rouge prison.

He had appealed on the grounds that he was a junior official following orders.

But judges rejected his claim and increased his sentence from 35 years to life.

A New Zealander, Kerry Hamill, was among those tortured and killed at that prison, in 1978.