Trial of Khmer Rouge torture center boss begins in Cambodia

February 17, 2009 04:37

Kaing Guek Eav, the notorious torture center boss went, before Cambodia's genocide tribunal Tuesday for its first trial over the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime more than three decades ago. Eav - better known as Duch, who headed the S-21 prison in Phnom Penh - is charged with crimes against humanity, and is this first of five defendants scheduled for long-delayed trials by the UN-assisted tribunal. The hearing Tuesday was for procedural matters, and testimony was expected to begin only in late March. The trial comes 30 years after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, 13 years after the tribunal was first proposed and nearly three years after the court was inaugurated.

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