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New charges brought against Ta An at KRT

Ao An (Ta An) is a former secretary of Sector 41 and deputy chief of Central Zone of Democratic Kampuchea. Dara Vanthan/DCCAM
Ao An (Ta An) is a former secretary of Sector 41 and deputy chief of Central Zone of Democratic Kampuchea. Dara Vanthan/DCCAM

New charges brought against Ta An at KRT

Case 004 suspect Ao An was handed additional charges of genocide and crimes against humanity yesterday by international co-investigating judge Michael Bohlander at the Khmer Rouge tribunal.

Ao An, better known as “Ta An”, was originally charged on March 27, 2015, with premeditated homicide and crimes against humanity, including murder, extermination, persecution on political and religious grounds, imprisonment and other inhumane acts. The crime sites included the Kok Pring execution site, Tuol Beng security centre and the Wat Au Trakuon security centre.

The charges handed down yesterday include the original charges plus the charge of genocide against the Cham ethnic minority and the additional crimes against humanity of enslavement and torture, according to a court press release.

The announcement also notes that An is charged with “persecution against the so-called ‘17 April people’, former Lon Nol soldiers, Central [Old North] Zone cadres, their families and subordinates, people from the East Zone, and other ‘bad elements’ and ‘internal enemies’; persecution against Cham and Vietnamese people”.

An also stands accused of “other inhumane acts including forced marriage, rape, enforced disappearances, physical abuse, forced labour, and inhumane conditions of detention”.

Crime sites added to the case against An are the Anlong Chrey Dam forced labour site, the Met Sop (Kor) security centre, Wat Angkuonh Dei pagoda, the Wat Batheay security centre, the Wat Phnom Pros execution site, the Wat Ta Meak security centre, the Chamkar Svay Chanty security centre, the Wat Baray Chan Dek security centre, the Wat Srenge security centre and “various locations in Kampong Cham”.

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