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interview defense lawyer Sa Sovan, who was at the center of a verbal dispute that broke out last month after Khieu Samphan's hearing. Much has been written about Khieu's foreign co-lawyer, Jacques Verges, but it was Sa who stole the spotlight Dec. " />

Controversial defense lawyer says he lost 50 relatives to Khmer Rouge

I'm pleased that the Post took time to interview defense lawyer Sa Sovan, who was at the center of a verbal dispute that broke out last month after Khieu Samphan's hearing. Much has been written about Khieu's foreign co-lawyer, Jacques Verges, but it was Sa who stole the spotlight Dec. 4 when he entered into a heated exchange with Khmer Rouge victims at the court. A short video I recorded of the outburst is available on YouTube.

The scene left me -- and, I'm sure, others -- wanting more information about Sa's background. In his interview with the Post, Sa explains his reasons for defending Khieu, even though he lost dozens of family members during the Khmer Rouge period. It's worth reading.

* Pictured: Sa Sovan, at right, argues with Khmer Rouge survivors.

 

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