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Charged with war crimes during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, interrogator says he was following "orders from the top."

First Khmer Rouge Leader charged As It Happens Daily: Khmer Rouge [iTunes] Cambodian Genocide Project [pdf] Tuol Sleng: Photos from Pol Pot's Secret Prison After years of wrangling over a variety of important procedural details and other matters, an UN-backed tribunal has brought formal charges against former Khmer Rouge leader, Kang Kek Ieu. This Tuesday, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia charged him with crimes against humanity. Ieu was the Khmer Rouge's chief interrogator and he was responsible for overseeing the Tuol Sleng S-21 prison, where 14,000 inmates died of torture, disease and execution during the reign of the Khmer Rouge and its leader, Pol Pot. Prosecutors are also interested in locating some of the other suspects involved with this genocide, including Ieng Sary, the former Khmer Rouge minister and Meas Muth, Pol Pot's son-in-law. Ieu has been detained since he was located in 1999, and in his initial interrogation he maintained that he was only following "verbal orders from the top." Many hope that these forthcoming trials will bring a measure of closure on this traumatic chapter in Cambodia's history, and survivors of these notorious interrogation camps are seeking answers. One such survivor, Chum Manh, has said that "As a Buddhist, I don't want to avenge violence with more violence. But I do want to hear a public apology for what he did." The first link will take visitors to a Washington Post article which discusses the charges that were recently brought against Kang Kek Leu. The second link leads users to a news brief from the BBC which expands on the situation of Kang Kek Leu. Additionally, this link contains a video clip of Leu and links to other recent pieces on the tribunal. Moving along, the third link will take visitors to a podcast from the CBC program "As It Happens Daily", which also provides commentary on this ongoing tribunal. The fifth link leads to the very compelling Cambodian Genocide Program site, created by Yale University. Here, visitors can learn more about the tribunals, view online databases, and read other materials in a variety of languages, including Thai, Khmer, German, and Armenian. The final link leads to a moving selection of photographs of the prisoners held at the Tuol Sleng prison in Phnom Penh.
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Cambodian Tribunal Indicts Khmer Rouge Prison Chief
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August 3rd, 2007
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August 3rd, 2007
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August 3rd, 2007 at 8:17am
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August 6th, 2007 at 1:34pm
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