Quotes: Senior Khmer Rouge Official’s Prison Sentence

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Senior Khmer Rouge regime member Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, sits in court at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on the outskirts of Phnom Penh July 26, 2010.


“If you can kill 14,000 people and serve only 19 years — 11 hours per life taken — what is that? It’s a joke.”

— THEARY SENG, a Cambodian who is now a U.S. citizen, on the sentencing of Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, a senior Khmer Rouge official who admitted to overseeing tortures and murders during the “Killing Fields” revolution blamed for 1.7 million deaths in Cambodia in the mid-1970s; Duch, who said he was just following orders, will spend 19 years in prison in addition to the 16 years he has already served (via Reuters)