Monday, 10 August 2009

Hamill's Khmer Rouge testimony delayed

A new date has been set for Olympic rower Rob Hamill to testify about his brother's murder by the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia has been pushed back.

Hamill was due to testify before the Khmer Rouge Tribunal on August 12, but the date was pushed back to August 18 today.

Kerry Hamill ended up at the S-21 or Tuol Sleng prison headed by Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, when the yacht he and friends were sailing strayed into Cambodian waters on August 13 1978.

One crewman, Canadian Stuart Glass, was shot while Mr Hamill and Briton John Dewhirst were taken for interrogation and torture for two months before being killed.

Led by Pol Pot, who died in 1998, the Khmer Rouge emptied Cambodia's cities in the 70s in a bid to forge a communist utopia. Up to two million people died from starvation, overwork, torture or execution during the 1975-1979 regime.


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