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24 February 2010 by Jared Ferie

When the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) hands down its first verdict in the coming weeks, it will be a landmark for a tribunal mired in allegations of political interference. It will also be a judgment on a man who admitted responsibility for torture and killings at a Khmer Rouge prison he ran, but simultaneously argued that he was following orders he could not reject.

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25 November 2009 by -

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25 November 2009 by -

The Khmer Rouge prison chief accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and premeditated murder will make his final statements to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) this week.  

By Karl Dowling

In attendance at the trial are survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime which killed up to 2 million people between 1975 and 1979.

The trial of former prison chief Kaing Guek Eav - better known as Duch - began in February and a verdict is expected early next year.

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09 December 2009 by Thierry Cruvellier

“Do I infer that the accused is seeking an acquittal?” asked Judge Cartwright.
“I did say that. Release means an acquittal,” responded Cambodian defence counsel Kar Savuth.

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23 December 2009 by Jared Ferrie

In the shade of trees draping over the schoolyard, 3,000 students sit on sheets of newspaper, in crisp white shirts and black skirts or slacks. They wait patiently for the ceremony to end, then teachers walk between the neat rows handing out textbooks – the first in Cambodia’s history to document the Khmer Rouge in detail.

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25 August 2010 by -

Prosecutors of the first Khmer Rouge commander to face a UN-backed trial have appealed against his prison sentence for being too lenient. They claim that “undue weight” was placed on mitigating circumstances.

Judges in the trial chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) found Kaing Guek Eav guilty of murder, torture, rape, crimes against humanity and other charges as chief of S-21 camp in the 1970s. The 67-year-old, also known as Comrade Duch, oversaw up to 14,000 deaths in Cambodia. In a statement prosecutors said:

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14 July 2010 by -

Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav - alias Duch - has sacked his international lawyer just weeks before the verdict in his war crimes trial.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

Duch cited “loss of confidence” in his decision to dismiss his French lawyer Francois Roux as counsel at the UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

During the closing arguments of Duch’s 77-day trial in November, Duch’s Cambodian lawyer Kar Savuth split with Roux by supporting their client’s change of plea and request for acquittal and release.

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19 October 2010 by -

Prosecutors at the UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Tuesday demanded an increased sentence of life imprisonment for a former Khmer Rouge prison chief convicted of crimes against humanity.

Kaing Guek Eav was sentenced in July to 35 years for overseeing the deaths of over 12,000 people in the late 1970s, reduced to 30 years on the grounds that he had been detained illegally for years before the tribunal was established.

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03 March 2008 by Erika Kinetz

On February 26 and 27, Kaing Guek Eav, alias "Duch", returned to the scenes of his alleged crimes in Phnom Penh. It had been 29 years since he had set foot in the S-21 detention and torture center that he commanded from April 1975 to January 1979 and in the Choeung Ek killing fields where the majority of prisoners perished.

Kaing Guek Eav