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Court Finds Khmer Rouge Officer Guilty of War Crimes

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Posted on Jul 26, 2010
Kang Khek Ieu
AP / Heng Sinith

“Duch” on the stand: Kaing Guek Eav appears at a hearing in Phnom Penh in November 2007.

He was involved in the torture and killing of more than a million people over the course of four years, but key Khmer Rouge operative Kaing Guek Eav, aka “Duch,” got off easy as he was sentenced by a U.N.-affiliated court Monday.  —KA

The New York Times:

A United Nations-backed court found the commandant of the central Khmer Rouge prison and torture house guilty on Monday of war crimes and crimes against humanity and sent him back to prison for a total of 19 years.

The commandant, Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, was the first major Khmer Rouge figure convicted in connection with the deaths of 1.7 million people from 1975 to 1979.

Efficient and ruthless, Duch, 67, oversaw the torture and execution of at least 14,000 prisoners, and for many people here, the sentence seemed shockingly light.

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By EJH, July 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm Link to this comment

When does the Kissinger trail begin?

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By digginter, July 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm Link to this comment

Many of Khmer Commander died before end of the justice.So long process?

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By rollzone, July 26, 2010 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment

hello. Perry Mason could have wrapped up the prosecution in one episode. would i like to see him emerge from prison in his late eighties? it just appears to be protective custody until then, and if he is not man enough to kill himself for having sold his soul to the dark side, i agree that tormenting him with confinement is a blessing to him, and the UN is weak on human justice. let’s just push the UN out into the Atlantic and see if it floats.

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By The World, July 26, 2010 at 11:09 am Link to this comment
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One more example of why the world sees the UN as a toothless, inept organization.  To sentence these despicable murderers to “ride the lightning” would be appropriate, but too good for them. 

UN:  You are a complete and utter failure.

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By ejreed, July 26, 2010 at 9:07 am Link to this comment

Here’s a video of the sentancing. A UN-backed court in Cambodia has sentenced Kaing Guek Eav, the Khmer Rouge prison leader known as Duch, to 35 years in jail for abuses of human rights, including overseeing the deaths of 12,000

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