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Kaing Guek Eav, head of the main Khmer Rouge torture center in Cambodia, dies

September 2, 2020

Former director of the Khmer Rouge Main Interrogation and Torture Center, Kaing Guek Eav, died this Wednesday at the age of 77 in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

“I can confirm that Duch passed away on September 2nd at 00:52 (local time) in the Soviet Khmer Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh,” said the authorities of the Extraordinary Chambers of the Cambodian Court of Justice (ECCC). , Court responsible for examining those responsible for the genocide.

Known as “Duch”, he was in charge of the S-21 prison, through which more than 12,000 people passed, and what is now the Museum of the Cambodian Genocide, in which between two million people were murdered in 1975 and 1979.

Kaing Guek Eav, head of the main Khmer Rouge torture center in Cambodia, diesKaing Guek Eav, head of the main Khmer Rouge torture center in Cambodia, dies

‘Duch’ was the first Khmer Rouge commander to be tried by a United Nations-backed court. In 2012, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity, two years after the verdict was passed and the court rejected his appeal. .

Given the impending fall of Phnom Penh in 1979 with the arrival of the Vietnamese army, ‘Duch’ fled with his family, hiding under a different identity. He even taught math classes in the 1990s, and in 1999 he finally motivated his arrest.

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