The first substantive hearing in the trial of former Tuol Sleng chief Duch opened today. Here are video recordings of the first day – in which all the charges against Duch are presented.
Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, ran the torture center Tuol Sleng during the Khmer Rouge years in Cambodia (1975 – 1979). It is estimated that up to 17.000 people, many of the leaders in Khmer Rouge, were tortured at this prison and afterwards sent to be killed.
These videos show the tribunal proceedings from the first day of the substantial hearing – March 30th 2009. Most of the day in court was spent reading the formal charges agains Duch.
The videos have been distributed by Cambodia Tribunal Monitor.
Some of today’s news articles from the trial:
- The Christian Science Monitor: Cambodia begins long-awaited trial of Khmer Rouge leader
- The New York Times: First Khmer Rouge trial focuses on torture house
- Reuters: Q & A: Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal
Some of the blog writings: