Khmer Rouge Trials: Update

cambodialandsilence.jpgMonday marked the 29th anniversary of the fall of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia that ended 4 years of genocide during which some 2-3 million people perished. Only recently have the much anticipated war crimes trials begun for the few remaining Khmer Rouge cadre who are still alive.

Most of them have been allowed to live freely and comfortably since the overthrow in 1979 even though, like Charles Taylor (see below) they were torturers, mutilaters and killers. At least one is now complaining about his “uncomfortable” detention facilities.

Khieu Samphan’s lawyer had complained the room was too small, according to tribunal spokesman Reach Sambath.

Cambodian PM Hun Sen disagrees.

“He was offered a place with good conditions but he still complains about the difficulties of staying there,” Prime Minister Hun Sen said, noting the facility was nothing like the murderous Khmer Rouge’s infamous torture center, Tuol Sleng.
“He ordered people jailed at Tuol Sleng for interrogation and torture, but he never discusses the difficulties of those people,” Hun Sen said.

Detention cells at the tribunal have fans, beds with mattresses, radio, television, a window and a private toilet. I doubt that even one of the hundreds of thousands who were imprisoned by the Khmer Rouge had such luxuries.

Four other surviving Khmer Rouge officials are in custody at the tribunal, including Kaing Guek Eav — alias Duch — who ran Tuol Sleng, Ieng Sary, the Khmer Rouge’s ex-foreign minister, and his wife Ieng Thirith, its social affairs minister. All three were charged with crimes against humanity; Ieng Sary was also charged with war crimes.

Former Khmer Rouge ideologist Nuon Chea is also awaiting trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Like most of those who are perfectly willing to inflict unimaginable horrors on others, when it comes to their own treatment, they are wimps and cowards.

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5 Comments on “Khmer Rouge Trials: Update”

  1. Buffalo Says:

    There ain’t a whole lot of justice in this world, my friend.

  2. Mocking Bird Says:

    If hell doesn’t exist, all these murderers cum genocide masterminds would be getting away scot-free for all eternity.

  3. Mocking Bird Says:

    They need to be judged. They need to be punished. They need to be sent to the deepest pit of hell to burn forever and ever.

  4. Mocking Bird Says:

    Without any pardon or parole. Utterly despicable, abhorrent crimes against humanity.

  5. expatbrian Says:

    Yes, when it comes to people like this, it’s the one time I wished I believed in heaven and hell. But I don’t and I’m afraid that most do indeed get away freely. It still remains to be seen for these few and Charles Taylor. And the world if full of many, many more of them. One of them is president of the United States.


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