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Khmer Rouge denies crimes against humanity

This past Wednesday Khmer Rouge leader, Nuon Chea tried for crimes against humanity denies role in the S-21 torture prison. Testifying against Chea, Dutch accused him or ordering the “smashing” of hundreds of Cambodians that were held captive. “I would like to inform the Cambodian people that I have never at any time been responsible for the operation of S-21. Earlier this month Duch told the court that Chea and him have been on bad terms but Chea blames him for failing to destroy evidence at the detention centre.


2 responses to “Khmer Rouge denies crimes against humanity

  1. Alana Tiemessen April 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I think it’s really interesting that these trial have revealed, or produced, splits among senior Khmer Rouge. There’s also the irony that the international community criticizes the ECCC for pinning too much responsibility on Duch alone, while former Khmer Rouge seem to fault Duch for admitting guilt for S-21.

  2. dodger18 April 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    This quote just baffles me, “What Duch has accused me of has been untruthful and very unjust towards me … I have never been Duch’s superior.” Chea is referred to as brother number two so for him to say that he was never Duch’s superior just shows contempt on his part rather than a rational statement. I also see the completion of Duch’s trial before other more important members as taking the easy way out. Not to seem monotone but they all seem to like the fact that Duch is taking the bad rap and seem to think they will get away with it.

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