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Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in landmark ruling 40 years after fall of brutal Cambodian regime

The two surviving leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge were on Friday convicted of genocide in a historic ruling, four decades after the fall of the regime which wiped out up to a third of the population. Nuon Chea, 92, and Khieu Samphan, 87, were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison by the country's long-running international tribunal, the first genocide conviction handed down by the UN-backed court. "The verdict is essentially the Nuremberg judgement for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia," said David Scheffer, who served as the UN secretary general's special expert on the Khmer Rouge trials from 2012 until last month.   The pair are already serving life sentences over the forced urban exodus and disappearances of millions of Cambodians by Pol Pot's regime during its terrifying four-year reign in the late 1970s. Friday's genocide verdicts relate to killings of the Cham and Vietnamese ethnic groups. The two leaders were also convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity relating to the Khmer Rouge's brutal work camps, including murder, extermination, enslavement, torture, enforced disappearances, forced transfers, forced marriages and rape. Explore Angkor Wat