Former Khmer Rouge prison chief transferred to new jail
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Phnom Penh. Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Comrade Duch, was transferred to a new prison early Thursday, a spokesman for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) said.
He was taken at 7 am (0000 GMT) to the Kandal provincial prison near Phnom Penh to serve his life sentence for crimes committed in the notorious S-21 jail, according to spokesman Lars Olsen.
Until his transfer, Duch had been staying at the ECCC Detention Unit.
Staff members had said the accommodation at Kandal provincial prison „is that which will best protect his (Duch’s) interests,“ the prosecutors‘ office said in a statement.
The tribunal last year sentenced Duch to life imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
It said Duch oversaw the killing of at least 12,272 victims but some estimates have placed the number as high as 16,000.
The ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge movement ruled Cambodia between 1975-79 when an estimated 2 million people died from execution, overwork, starvation and disease.
Author | Sarah Thust
Last Update | 06.06.2013
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