Khmer Rouge prison chief Duch dead at 77

Notorious Khmer Rouge prison commander Kaing Guek Eav, alias Comrade Duch, died in the early morning on September 2 at age 77 in a hospital in Phnom Penh. The former chief of Tuol Sleng detention center in Phnom Penh was serving out a life sentence at Kandal Provincial Prison after he was found guilty by the Khmer Rouge tribunal of crimes against humanity, mass murder, and torture in 2010. 

He was the first member of the Khmer Rouge leadership to face trial at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) for his role in the radical Communist revolution that led to the deaths of at least 1.7 million.

The Kandal Provincial Court issued a statement confirming his death from lung disease complicated by pneumonia at 12:51 am at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh.

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