This week’s proceedings centred on hearing the testimony of 4 witnesses who purport to be former detainees at S-21. Kept alive because of their skills, Vann Nath, Chum Mei and Bo Meng testified to their painful experiences during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. When presented with an opportunity to respond to their testimonies, Duch unambiguously accepted that these three witnesses had suffered at the hands of the security office which he presided over. The fourth witness – Nong Chan Phal – alleged that he was a former child detainee at S-21, who had accompanied his mother upon her arrest. Significantly, Duch expressed reservations about the accuracy of this allegation, citing the lack of documentary evidence to prove that his mother had even been detained there. Unsurprisingly, the recollection of such traumatic events invoked strong and emotional reactions from all the witnesses. They appeared to agree that their primary motivation for appearing before the Chamber was to achieve justice for their loved ones and all Cambodian people who had perished during the regime.
Read the report:
KRT Trial Monitor C001 Issue No. 11 – Hearing on Evidence (Week Ending 5 July 2009) corresponds with Duch on Trial Episode 10
English – Khmer