Former Khmer Rouge Torture Center Chief ‘Duch’ Dies in Cambodian Hospital

By Kyodo News 2 September 2020

PHNOM PENH—Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, who was given a life sentence in 2012 for presiding over the deaths of more than 12,000 people at a torture center he ran, died early on Wednesday, a special Cambodian court said. He was 77.

Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, died at 12:50 a.m. at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in the capital, less than two days after being admitted, Neth Pheaktra, spokesman for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, told Kyodo News.

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