A Khmer Rouge prison chief has become the first of Pol Pot’s henchmen to be brought before Cambodia’s UN-backed tribunal. Kang Kek Ieu, also known as Duch, was quizzed by judges probing the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people. Held in a military prison since 1999, he has confessed to multiple atrocities. Thousands deemed opponents of the regime passed through his interrogation centre. Fewer than 10 are thought to have survived.
“I think there is very little doubt that he has been responsible for a whole range of abuses from torture to executions to not only carrying out orders that were given to him from above but also to act on his own initiative, with his own authority,” said Nic Dunlop, author of “The Lost Executioner.”
The jail is now a museum bearing witness to the horrors. Prosecutors want judges to investigate five suspects over crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror from the mid to the late 1970s.