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Duch begs forgiveness from soul of former teacher

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Publication date
18 June 2009 | 13:00 ICT

Reporter : Elena Lesley

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I haven't been able to post this week because I've been busy with a side project, but judges have been questioning Comrade Duch about the operations of S-21. So far, the testimony has been gruesome and emotional.

Wednesday, Duch became visibly upset -- which is unusual for the stoic defendant -- when describing the murder of his former teacher at Tuol Sleng. He said he was ashamed he had betrayed friends "to survive myself, to further see the sunlight," and begged forgiveness from his teacher's soul.

Judges denied Duch's request Monday for release from provisional detention. However, in their ruling, they wrote that his eight-year detention at the Cambodian Military Court had been unlawful, and that he might be eligible for a sentence reduction.?

 

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