Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Former KR prison chief ‘Duch’ back in jail




Former KR prison chief ‘Duch’ back in jail

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Khmer Rouge’s Tuol Sleng prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, speaks at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in Phnom Penh on June 15, 2010. On Monday, he was discharged from the hospital after spending three weeks for a treatment. ECCC

Former KR prison chief ‘Duch’ back in jail

The Khmer Rouge’s Tuol Sleng prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, was discharged from hospital on Monday and is back at the Kandal provincial prison.

He had spent three weeks at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship hospital with respiratory problems.

In 2012, Duch was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) for crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

He was transferred to Kandal provincial prison in 2013.

Kandal provincial prison chief Chat Sineang said on Tuesday that he had requested his superiors to allow two fellow inmates to stay with Duch to help take care of him.

“On Monday, the hospital issued a letter to allow us to return him to the prison because his health is better.

“He had respiratory problems and the hospital gave us the prescription to buy medicine for him. But they told us to bring him to the hospital immediately if anything happened,” Sineang said.

“In the past, we had put him in a single cell. But because of his health problems, [on Monday] I made phone calls to the prosecutor, the director of the General Department of Prisons and a secretary of state at the Ministry of Interior.

“I asked for permission to let two prisoners with light sentences and who have nearly served their prison terms to stay with him, to take care of him if he is not well. We have to be careful with him because he is [an internationally infamous] prisoner,” Sineang said.

The prison director said he had additionally installed a camera in his cell in case his two prison companions were not alert to any problems.

“I did not hope he would survive,” Sineang told AFP.

“But he has recovered from the illness and he arrived back at the prison on Monday evening.”

However, he said that Duch – who turns 76 in a few days – was still weak and needed help from guards when he wanted to use the bathroom.

The former mathematics teacher who became director of the Khmer Rouge’s S-21 interrogation centre in a former school in the capital’s Chamkarmon district, was the first member of the Khmer Rouge to come before the ECCC, where an appeal in 2012 extended his original 30-year sentence handed down in 2010 to life.

Only 14 people are known to have survived Tuol Sleng, which under Duch’s meticulous and rigid hand evolved into an efficient killing machine that came to symbolise the worst excesses of the Khmer Rouge.

Entire families were imprisoned for the alleged crimes of a single member.

On a single day in 1977, Duch ordered the executions of 160 children.

MOST VIEWED

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in

  • PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported that a 47-year-old Polish man tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia on Monday. There are a total of six Covid-19 patients currently in the country, all of whom are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital

  • Banteay Meanchey floods kill one more as death toll reaches 15

    As floodwaters start to recede in Pursat, Battambang and Pailin provinces and Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey continues to bear the brunt as one more person was killed on Monday, bringing the total number of flood-related deaths to 15 in the province this month. Banteay Meanchey provincial

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours. UrHobby House cafe is filled with robots and characters from

  • Floods prompt evacuations in Kampong Speu

    Rain-induced floods and water flowing from Kampong Speu province have submerged the houses of 1,527 families living close to the Prek Thnot River in Spean Thma, Tien, Kong Noy and Roluos communes in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district, according to data from local authorities. Spean Thma