Khmer Rouge Executioner ‘Duch’ Dies in Prison in Cambodia

Khmer Rouge prison chief and executioner Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, has died in a Cambodian hospital at the age of 77, Cambodian government and other sources said on Wednesday.

A former schoolteacher, Duch was responsible as head of the notorious Tuol Sleng, or S-21, prison in Cambodia for the deaths, often after brutal torture, of more than 12,272 prisoners held by the communist Khmer Rouge regime during 1975-79.

Duch died in the early morning hours of Sept. 2 in the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital, Cambodia’s National Co-Prosecutor said in a press release. Duch’s cause of death was not specified, and will now be investigated by “national authorities,” the co-prosecutor’s office said.

In full: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/duch-09022020134519.html

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