The Cambodian genocide is one of the darkest chapters in human history. Now, more than 30 years later, criminal trials are being conducted and high ranking members of the Khmer Rouge regime have been convicted of their complicity in the genocide. Sadly though, the head of the most notorious prison/torture center in Cambodia, ‘Duch’, has only received a 35 year sentence for his crimes. Nearly half that time will be removed, so Duch will only serve 19 years. It is hard to imagine how the brevity of this sentence can be justified. My hope is that this type of sentence does not establish a precedent for the similar trials being held around the world.
More than 10 000 deaths under his responsibility = 35 years in jail. Stunning.