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Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal to hold 1st courtroom hearing on detention appeal

Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal to hold 1st courtroom hearing on detention appeal

Cambodia's U.N.-backed genocide tribunal opened its doors Tuesday for the first public court appearance of a Khmer Rouge figure since the regime's brutal reign of terror in the 1970s.
Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, who headed the regime's notorious S-21 prison and torture center, entered the tribunal for a pretrial hearing to appeal his detention ahead of long-delayed trials scheduled to begin in 2008.
He was driven in a car with tinted windows from a detention center on the tribunal's compound to the nearby courtroom.
Duch's hearing comes almost three decades after the regime fell from power, with many fearing the aging suspects might die before being brought to justice. The 1975-79 Khmer Rouge regime was blamed for the deaths of some 1.7 million people from starvation, disease, overwork and execution.


Updated : 2021-10-16 14:19 GMT+08:00