» 04/02/2009, 00.00
Comrade Duch, from Khmer Rouge to Christian, alone to ask for forgiveness
Accused realised the enormity of his deeds when he embraced Christianity. For PIME missionary the demand for forgiveness is a “something new” in Cambodian history as people try to see themselves as part of a greater whole.
Khmer Rouge ‘Brother Number Two’ before the judges
Nuon Chea was Pol Pot’s deputy and the ideologist to a regime that caused the death of two million people. Before his appearance in court he challenged his detention demanding to be released on bail.
Trial of Khmer Rouge leaders will not solve country’s problems, says PIME missionary
Comrade ‘Duch’ goes on trial tomorrow. For Fr Alberto Caccaro the International Tribunal is just a “business”, bringing money into a country where there is no “political will” to re-examine the history of the Pol Pot regime. The Church is trying to make its contribution to the country’s “cultural debate” and improve its “education”.
Khmer Rouge Tribunal: Appeals court gives life term to Comrade Duch
At first instance the Director of the S-21 prison, where tens of thousands of Cambodians died, had been sentenced to 30 years. For judges crimes committed "worst in human history." He is the only one who has admitted his guilt. Hundreds of survivors of the regime have heard the reading of the verdict.
Khmer Rouge tribunal: the testimony of a survivor
Vann Nath describes the tragic conditions of detainees in Tuol Sleng prison, where 17 thousand Cambodians were massacred. Of the seven survivors, only three are still alive. Comrade Duch, director of the prison also present. He is the only Khmer Rouge leader to seek forgiveness.
Phnom Penh: “useless” trial of “Comrade Duch” nears end
Prosecutors and defence lawyers are set to give their closing arguments before a sentence is pronounced. Co-prosecutor stresses the proceedings’ success. Source tells AsiaNews that the trial will “not produce any results”. The government is concerned about an analysis of the facts because it could “threaten social peace.”
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