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From the Prospect archive: justice in Cambodia?

By Brian Semple  

As the trial of former Khmer Rouge secret police chief (and Pol Pot’s main executioner) Comrade Duch nears its end, the 67-year-old, who stands accused of crimes against humanity and faces a lifetime in prison if convicted, has made an unexpected step by apologising to his victims.

Reading from a handwritten speech amounting to more than ten pages long, Duch admitted to being “solely and individually responsible for the loss of at…

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