Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Khmer Rouge official admits atrocities

Radio Netherlands

Tuesday 31 March 2009

At the Cambodia Tribunal in Phnom Penh, a senior member of the Khmer Rouge has accepted responsibility for torture and executions and asked the families of his victims to forgive him. Duch, whose real name is Kaing Guek Eav, was head of the notorious S21 prison, where thousands of prisoners died.

His statement is his first public acknowledgement of responsibility for the atrocities that took place. Until now he maintained that he was only following orders.

Duch is one of five former Khmer Rouge members to be tried by the Tribunal. The Khmer Rouge regime resulted in the deaths of an estimated two million people between 1975 and 197.

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