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Former Post Correspondent To Testify at Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Youk Chhang, Elizabeth Becker and Michael ABRAMOWITZ, USHMM Director and his delegations at a B52 bomb pond near the Chinese airport, Kampong Chhnang province. Oct 24, 2012. Photo by Nhean Socheat.

Elizabeth Becker, an author and former correspondent for the Washington Post, will testify in front of the Khmer Rouge tribunal next week.

Becker was one of the few journalists allowed into Cambodia following the takeover of the Khmer Rouge.

She has since written extensively about the regime, and her testimony is expected to help prosecutors describe the its operations from a different perspective, as the UN-backed court continues the trials of aging leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan.

“She was one who arrived in Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge was in power,” Chhang Youk, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, said. “And I think that it adds more weight to the whole case, because she concretely saw [the regime] and she came to Phnom Penh.”

Becker is scheduled to appear before the court on Feb. 9.