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Letter: KRT is bringing me some peace of mind

Editor,

I turned 46 this year. I feel like I have lived a life time already, especially during

the KR reign of terror. So when the UN and Cambodia were discussing the prospect

of a possible KR Tribunal, I thought that I have got to live to see this day happen.

You see, I never really thought this day would ever come and my dream of some sense

of justice would never, ever come through as I had hoped for. It just did.

After some three decades of dreaming, of hoping, and waiting, five senior KR leaders

have been arrested and are now sitting pretty in ECCC's jail--waiting for their special

day in court. It is, as they say, "better late than never" as these aging

KR are on their last legs on this earth. They have always felt God-like invincible

and untouchable-until now.

It is laughable that these very same people are now asking for us to respect their

"human rights" and to be treated fairly, like a human being. They wanted

and asked for the "get out of jail free card."

After they have thrashed every basic human right in the book and a hell of a lot

more, and some 30 years of living freely, they still do not recognize or remotely

understand the scope of their individual and collective actions. The dead and/or

the suffering of millions of innocent people, as they claimed, are not their fault.

I still vividly remember the pains these KR leaders have caused me personally. Needless

to say, they did not have to pull the trigger or smash my head with their own hands

for effect. The end result of their henchmen's handy work, however, is still devastating

to me personally. They still got my blood and that of my dead family members' on

their respective dirty hands. And I am not alone in this. As a survivor, literally,

of these KR leaders failed experiment, I can only hope that the court will give them

a fair trail-even if they

don't deserve such special treatment to begin with. They are, in

fact, still "innocent until proven guilty in the court of law," which

should not be very hard to figure out. Finally, I can now close my eyes at night

knowing that these monsters can't simply get away from the long arms of the law in

the end, no matter how long it takes. May their own fate dictate a just punishment

(in this life and the next life) simply because they are already guilty in my book.

Let them live to be 100.

Ronnie Yimsut, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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