Tribunal Confirms Duch to Return to Court Next Week

Kaing Guek Eav, best known by the revolutionary name Duch, who became the first Khmer Rouge official to be found guilty at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in 2010, will return to testify next Thursday in the ongoing trial of Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, the court announced on Wednesday.

The former chief of the S-21 security center was found guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes in the tribunal’s first case and is currently serving a life sentence in the Kandal Provincial Prison.

Duch will return to the court to testify in segments relating to S-21 and internal purges in the second phase of Case 002, in which the Khmer Rouge’s second-in-command Nuon Chea and head of state Khieu Samphan are on trial for crimes including genocide.

The pair were both found guilty of crimes against humanity in 2014 in the first phase of a multi-stage trial and were sentenced to life in prison. Duch has featured heavily in recent testimony at the court, with a former interrogator at S-21 claiming that his chief held personal torture training sessions for the prison’s staff.

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