Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Judges visit Khmer Rouge torture centre

Phnom Penh - The judges of the Cambodia tribunal have visited S-21, the notorious Khmer Rouge torture centre. They are involved in the trial of surviving members of the country's toppled communist regime. The former chief interrogator at the centre and one of the main defendants on trial, Duch, also took part in the visit.

The judges hoped the visit would give them a better picture of the atrocities committed in S-21 where, between 1975 and 1979, approximately 15,000 Cambodians were imprisoned. Only a few dozen of the prisoners survived their ordeal.

A few years ago, Duch expressed regret for his part in the atrocities. He is now acting as a witness for the prosecution.

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