Khmer Rouge prison commander Comrade Duch dies in Cambodia at 77

Comrade Duch, the senior Khmer Rouge figure who ran Cambodia’s most notorious prison during the genocidal regime, has died, a spokesman for the tribunal that convicted him of war crimes says.

Duch, 77, whose given name was Kaing Guek Eav, was the first Khmer Rouge commander convicted of crimes against humanity.

Between 1975 and 1979 the Khmer Rouge regime presided over the deaths of at least 1.7 million people who were starved, tortured, and executed in Cambodia’s “killing fields”.

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