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Duch to testify next month, officials say

Khmer Rouge security and detention centre chief Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, would take the stand again at the Khmer Rouge tribunal next month to testify in the case against the alleged Khmer Rouge regime power trio currently on trial, court officials said yesterday.

Duch, whose sentence was increased to life imprisonment for his crimes during the brutal communist regime, will give testimony in the case against Brother No. 2 Nuon Chea, ex-president Khieu Samphan, and former deputy prime minister for foreign affairs Ieng Sary.

“We can confirm that he will give testimony in the next part of the hearings,” press officer Neth Pheaktra told the Post.

“But we have no other details yet.”

According to a scheduling order of the court’s Trial Chamber, Duch will give testimony on the roles of the accused, among other things.

In sentencing Duch, judges at the tribunal found that accused Nuon Chea was his direct supervisor while Duch operated the notorious S21 prison in Phnom Penh.

The Khmer Rouge tribunal also announced yesterday that it would deliver the promised reparations to Duch’s victims, now that his final sentence had been handed down.

These reparations were in two parts, one part being the publication of a compilation of Duch’s statements of apology and acknowledgments of responsibility.

The compilation, available on the ECCC website, will be published in local media in the coming days.

Phnom Penh Post Khmer will publish a summary of the compilation this week.



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