Khmer Rouge Prison Chief Duch Dead At 77, Leaves “Notorious” Legacy

Khmer Rouge Prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, who ran one of the regime’s most notorious and brutal prisons that resulted in the torture and deaths of thousands of Cambodians, died on Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

The 77-year old former head of the Tuol Sleng prison in Phnom Penh, better known as Comrade Duch, was admitted to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh on Tuesday and succumbed to “bronchitis and chronic lung disease”, according to a statement by Kandal Provincial Court on Wednesday.

He was serving a life sentence at Kandal Provincial Prison after becoming one of the first “most responsible” officials of the Khmer Rouge to be convicted by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC), a United Nations-backed court designated to prosecute those responsible for crimes committed during regime’s rule from 1975 to 1979.

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