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[The following is in regards to the trial of Kaing Guek Eav, commonly known as Comrade Duch, who was the head of the Khmer Rouge’s internal security branch, in which he oversaw the Tuol Sleng (S-21) prison camp where thousands were held for interrogation and torture. While the trial itself takes place in the early 2000s, I still felt it appropriate, as the trial only covered events taking place between the years 1975-1979. Every testimony is from that time period, and everything depicted by the author, who was present at the trial, are essentially reactions to this gruesome period of history by contemporaries who were present or had participated. In that sense, I feel this fits well for our purposes, and I do not believe it breaks the 20 Year Rule.]

”Whenever a prisoner died in the cell, I received a medical report and then made the necessary adjustment to the list,” explains the dull, conscientious bureaucrat Suor Thi.

When the medical unit wanted blood from prisoners, they put in a request to Hor, who asked Duch, since no prisoner could be removed without Duch’s authorization. I did not personally witness any blood-taking, but all those prisoners who had blood taken died. Hor then received a report with a list of names from the medical unit. I checked those names off my list and that was the end of it.

Suor Thi’s testimony triggers a gasp in the gallery, but the sound-proof glass wall separating the former registrar and the tribunal from the public prevents the court from hearing it.


Note:

For clarification, when the medical units would request blood from prisoners (sometimes for wounded soldiers, but often for the sake of medical experiments, which took place at S-21), they would take the prisoner out of the cell and drain all of their blood, until their organs could no longer be perfused and the victim died.


Source:

Cruvellier, T., and Alex Gilly. “Chapter 4.” The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer. Ecco, 2014. 26. Print.


Further Reading:

កាំង ហ្គេកអ៊ាវ / 康克由 (Kang Kek Iew or Kaing Kek Iev, also romanized as Kaing Guek Eav) / មិត្តឌុច (Comrade Duch or Deuch)

សារមន្ទីរឧក្រិដ្ឋកម្មប្រល័យពូជសាសន៍ទួលស្លែង (Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum) / Security Prison 21 (S-21)

[**The following is in regards to the trial of Kaing Guek Eav, commonly known as Comrade Duch, who was the head of the Khmer Rouge’s internal security branch, in which he oversaw the Tuol Sleng (S-21) prison camp where thousands were held for interrogation and torture. While the trial itself takes place in the early 2000s, I still felt it appropriate, as the trial only covered events taking place between the years 1975-1979. Every testimony is from that time period, and everything depicted by the author, who was present at the trial, are essentially reactions to this gruesome period of history *by* contemporaries who were present or had participated. In that sense, I feel this fits well for our purposes, and I do not believe it breaks the 20 Year Rule.**] >”Whenever a prisoner died in the cell, I received a medical report and then made the necessary adjustment to the list,” explains the dull, conscientious bureaucrat Suor Thi. >>When the medical unit wanted blood from prisoners, they put in a request to Hor, who asked Duch, since no prisoner could be removed without [Duch](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5b/Kang_Kek_Iew_%28Kaing_Guek_Eav_or_Duch%29_before_the_Extraordinary_Chambers_in_the_Courts_of_Cambodia_-_20091126.jpg)’s authorization. I did not personally witness any blood-taking, but all those prisoners who had blood taken died. Hor then received a report with a list of names from the medical unit. I checked those names off my list and that was the end of it. >Suor Thi’s testimony triggers a gasp in the gallery, but the sound-proof glass wall separating the former registrar and the tribunal from the public prevents the court from hearing it. _________________________ **Note:** For clarification, when the medical units would request blood from prisoners (sometimes for wounded soldiers, but often for the sake of medical experiments, which took place at S-21), they would take the prisoner out of the cell and drain *all* of their blood, until their organs could no longer be perfused and the victim died. _________________________ **Source:** Cruvellier, T., and Alex Gilly. “Chapter 4.” *The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer*. Ecco, 2014. 26. Print. _________________________ **Further Reading:** [កាំង ហ្គេកអ៊ាវ / 康克由 (Kang Kek Iew or Kaing Kek Iev, also romanized as Kaing Guek Eav) / មិត្តឌុច (Comrade Duch or Deuch)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kang_Kek_Iew) [សារមន្ទីរឧក្រិដ្ឋកម្មប្រល័យពូជសាសន៍ទួលស្លែង (Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum) / Security Prison 21 (S-21)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuol_Sleng_Genocide_Museum)

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