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Kang Kek Lew
Kang Kek Lew (or Kaing Kek Iev or Kaing Guek Eav), Douch or alias Duch, is the former director of Tuol Sleng prison and head of the dictatorship of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
Involvement in the dictatorship of the Khmer Rouge
He directed under the dictatorship of Pol Pot (1975-1979) Tuol Sleng prison, also known as S-21, located in downtown Phnom Penh. The building, which housed a school was originally served as a torture center. Sixteen thousand "opponents" in the plan (men, women and children) were executed during this period.
Previously he has held since 1971 a re-education camp in the jungle, which was locked french anthropologist Francois Bizot. A book of it, The Portal, relate to long dialogues between the author and shower, very enlightening on the ideological course of the future executioner, who was then still a young officer anxious to fulfill its missions. By showing the human side of the young Khmer Rouge cadre, paradoxically makes it even more frightening then the role played by the future bourreau S-21.
Unmasked by the Irish photographer Nic Dunlop when he lived peacefully in a village in Cambodia, "Douch" has been held since 1999. He was imprisoned and charged on 31 July 2007 for war crimes, crimes against humanity and murder with premeditation by the Cambodian genocide tribunal, a Cambodian court sponsored by the United Nations. This is the first Khmer Rouge officials to be prosecuted by the court. Four senior executives (including Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary and Meas Muth) are covered by that court. Duch's trial began on 17 February 2009. During his trial, Douch asked forgiveness for crimes committed in prison, he ran Tuol Sleng. He then spoke of his conversion to Christianity.
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