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Duch Returns to Tribunal, Plays Up Nuon Chea Role in Atrocities

  • VOA Khmer
More than four years since his last appearance at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Kaing Guek Eav, the prison chief of Phnom Penh’s notorious S-21 internment camp, returned to the stand on Tuesday. He took the opportunity to allege that the previous attempts of regime number two Nuon Chea to distance himself from the crimes of the Khmer Rouge regime were “meaningless.” Duch, who oversaw the deaths of more than 15,000 people at the prison, was the first Khmer Rouge official to be found guilty of crimes committed under the Pol Pot regime, when an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians died.
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Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch on 8 June 2016 during his testimony in Case 002/02 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea. (ECCC/Nhet Sok Heng)
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Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch on 8 June 2016 during his testimony in Case 002/02 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea. (ECCC/Nhet Sok Heng)

At the media room at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), journalists watch a live-stream of the testimony of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, former Chairman of S-21 on trial in case 002/02 at UN-backed court in Phnom Penh, Tuesday, June 07, 2016. (Neou Vannarin/VOA Khmer)
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At the media room at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), journalists watch a live-stream of the testimony of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, former Chairman of S-21 on trial in case 002/02 at UN-backed court in Phnom Penh, Tuesday, June 07, 2016. (Neou Vannarin/VOA Khmer)

Members of the public watch live the testimony of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, former chairman of S-21 on the trial in case 002/02 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh on June 07, 2016. (Hean Socheata/VOA Khmer)
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Members of the public watch live the testimony of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, former chairman of S-21 on the trial in case 002/02 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh on June 07, 2016. (Hean Socheata/VOA Khmer)

Members of the public watch live the testimony of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, former chairman of S-21 on the trial in case 002/02 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh on June 07, 2016. (Hean Socheata/VOA Khmer)
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Members of the public watch live the testimony of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, former chairman of S-21 on the trial in case 002/02 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh on June 07, 2016. (Hean Socheata/VOA Khmer)

Members of the public come to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to hear the testimony of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, former chairman of S-21 Security Centre on the trial in Case 002/02 in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, June 07, 2016. (Hean Socheata/VOA Khmer)
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Members of the public come to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to hear the testimony of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, former chairman of S-21 Security Centre on the trial in Case 002/02 in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, June 07, 2016. (Hean Socheata/VOA Khmer)

At the media room at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), journalists watch a live-stream of the testimony of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, former Chairman of S-21 on trial in case 002/02 at UN-backed court in Phnom Penh, Tuesday, June 07, 2016. (Neou Vannarin/VOA Khmer)
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At the media room at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), journalists watch a live-stream of the testimony of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, former Chairman of S-21 on trial in case 002/02 at UN-backed court in Phnom Penh, Tuesday, June 07, 2016. (Neou Vannarin/VOA Khmer)

At the media room at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), journalists watch a live-stream of the testimony of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, former Chairman of S-21 on trial in case 002/02 at UN-backed court in Phnom Penh, Tuesday, June 07, 2016. (Neou Vannarin/VOA Khmer)
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At the media room at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), journalists watch a live-stream of the testimony of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, former Chairman of S-21 on trial in case 002/02 at UN-backed court in Phnom Penh, Tuesday, June 07, 2016. (Neou Vannarin/VOA Khmer)

Members of the public come to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to hear the testimony of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, former chairman of S-21 Security Centre on the trial in Case 002/02 in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, June 07, 2016. (Hean Socheata/VOA Khmer)
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Members of the public come to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to hear the testimony of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, former chairman of S-21 Security Centre on the trial in Case 002/02 in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, June 07, 2016. (Hean Socheata/VOA Khmer)

Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch on 8 June 2016 during his testimony in Case 002/02 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea. (ECCC/Nhet Sok Heng)
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Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch on 8 June 2016 during his testimony in Case 002/02 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea. (ECCC/Nhet Sok Heng)

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