Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

China's Might on Parade: Old foes wary of show of strength (part 2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

China's Might on Parade: Old foes wary of show of strength (part 1)

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Congolese warlord's trial opens in the Hague

Read more

FOCUS

Guatemala's presidential elections mired by corruption scandals and political turmoil

Read more

ENCORE!

David Lagercrantz on taking over Stieg Larsson's Millennium series

Read more

EUROPE NOW

Looking for a European identity (part 2)

Read more

EUROPE NOW

Looking for a European identity (part 1)

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

IMF warns of risks posed by Chinese slowdown to global economic growth

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Photo of drowned Syrian child sparks outrage

Read more

Asia-pacific

Former Khmer Rouge prison chief 'Duch' fires lawyer ahead of court ruling

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-07-09

Former prison chief "Duch", (real name Kaing Guek Eav), awaiting verdict on war crimes charges, has sacked his French lawyer, citing a loss of confidence. Duch's Cambodian lawyer will nevertheless continue to represent him.

AFP - Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Duch has sacked his French lawyer only a few weeks before his verdict on war crimes and crimes against humanity charges, Cambodia's UN-backed court said Friday.


  
Duch, real name Kaing Guek Eav, unexpectedly asked the judge to acquit and release him on the final day of arguments in his trial, and cited "loss of confidence" in his request to withdraw Francois Roux as his defence lawyer.
  
Duch had previously said that he admitted responsibility for overseeing the murders of around 15,000 men, women and children at the notorious S-21 or Tuol Sleng prison and begged for forgiveness.
  
He will continue to be represented by his Cambodian co-lawyer, Kar Savuth.

Date created : 2010-07-09

  • CAMBODIA

    Khmer Rouge torturer Duch in surprise plea for release

    Read more

COMMENT(S)