Phnom Penh: Khmer Rouge ‘brother number two’ Nuon Chea died Sunday aged 93, a spokesman for the Cambodia tribunal where he was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity said. “We can confirm that defendant Nuon Chea… passed away this evening on 4 August 2019 at Khmer Soviet Friendship hospital,” said Neth Pheaktra, spokesman for the tribunal. The cause of his death was not given. The reign of terror led by “Brother Number 1” Pol Pot left some two million Cambodians dead from overwork, starvation and mass executions from 1975 to 1979. But Nuon Chea, considered the Khmer Rouge’s chief ideologue, was not arrested until 2007. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHe and other senior members of the ultra-Maoist group were put on trial at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. The UN-backed court sentenced him to life in prison last year after he was found guilty of genocide against the ethnic Vietnamese and Cham Muslim minority group. His lawyers had planned to appeal. Nuon Chea and the sole surviving defendant on trial, Khieu Samphan, were previously handed life sentences in 2014 over the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh in 1975, when Khmer Rouge troops drove the population of the capital into the countryside. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe revolutionaries who tried to recreate Buddhist-majority Cambodia into an agrarian Marxist utopia attempted to abolish class while targeting religious groups and the educated. The hybrid court, which uses a mix of Cambodian and international law, was created with UN backing in 2006 to try senior Khmer Rouge leaders. It has convicted only three people so far and cost more than 300 million. Former Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary and his wife died without facing justice, while Pol Pot passed away in 1998. Prime Minister Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge cadre, has warned against future investigations, claiming it would plunge the country into chaos. Tribunal watchers believe that last year’s ruling will be the final verdict, raising questions about the court’s legacy in a country where many are too young to remember the Khmer Rouge. Youk Chhang, head of the country’s pre-eminent Khmer Rouge archive, the Documentation Centre of Cambodia, said Nuon Chea was “born innocent but he committed sin and so he died with sin”.
The three men charged in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster have all been found not guilty of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people.The jurors reached the verdict on their ninth day of deliberations on Friday.Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre were charged with criminal negligence in the 2013 tragedy that killed 47 people when a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded.Harding was the train’s engineer, Labrie the traffic controller and Demaitre the manager of train operations.All three accused could have been found guilty of criminal negligence causing death, while jurors had the option of convicting Harding on one of two other charges: dangerous operation of railway equipment or dangerous operation of railway equipment causing death.
Chris Stewart APTN National NewsMedia of all forms were in Edmonton over the weekend as the Canadian Association of Journalists held its annual conference and awards gala.APTN was nominated for four national awards, capturing two. APTN Investigates won with Dennis Ward and Murray Oliver taking home the award for human rights reporting for their story, a Soldier Scorned, that detailed an Inuk woman who faced racism and sexual harassment in the military.“You know, Murray and I are the two that are holding on these plaques and stuff (but) a lot of people at APTN work on these stories,” said Ward. “This is a real team effort. That’s how APTN is. A big team.”APTN Investigates took its second award with Melissa Ridgen’s story, Hunting for Work, about Indigenous workers in Winnipeg working under unsafe conditions and getting hurt picking up the city’s garbage.“It’s a great night for APTN,” said Ridgen. “This shows that APTN is covering a lot of stories that matter to Indigenous people.”APTN reporters also took part in journalism panels throughout the weekend.Tina House moderated a panel on missing and murdered Indigenous women where panelists thanked APTN for how reporters have worked on countless stories for many years.Jorge Barrera and Ridgen also hosted a popular panel on how to follow the money on First Nations. The CAJ conference is being held in Toronto next year.
SAINTS travel to the KC Lightstream Stadium on Sunday July 6 to take on Hull KR (3pm).Away fans will be in the Colin Hutton Stand – the newly named visitors’ area at the stadium.Tickets are £23 for adults, £16 for concessions (seniors over 60 and full time students with a valid NUS card) and £13 for juniors under 16. Infants under 5 are free but need a match ticket.Please note all ticket prices increase by £2 on matchday.Hull KR have asked all fans to click on this handy visitor’s guide.Tickets are now on sale for the match from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.Junior Season Ticket Holders must collect a voucher before travelling.Coach travel is also available and will leave Langtree Park at 11.30am. Prices are £13.50 for season ticket holders and £14.50 for non-season ticket holders.