Khmer Rouge Leader, Comrade Duch, Found Guilty
At the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal in Cambodia today, the commander of the notorious Tuol Sleng prison, Kaing Guek Eav – better known as Comrade Duch, was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Here are some live-blog comments from Cambodia Tribunal Monitor –
Duch has been found guilty of violations of the crimes against humanity of persecution on political grounds, extermination, enslavement, torture, one instance of rape, and other inhuman acts.
Also guilty of grave breaches of the geneva conventions, including wilful killing, torture, willfully causing great suffering and injury, depriving civilians and prisoners of war of the right to a fair trial, and unlawful confinement of civilians.
Emotions are running high. Many are crying.
For those of us who remember the wars in Indo-China, the Killing Fields of so-called Democratic Kampuchea were the deepest abyss of human depravity created by the seemingly endless cycle of violence. Although the United States did not directly carry out the Cambodian genocide, its role and culpability are huge.
A sentence of 35 years – 35 years after the murders.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said,
"Justice delayed is justice denied."
Nothing could be truer for the people of Cambodia.