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Cambodia readies for first KRouge trial

Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes court busily readied for a deluge of around 1,000 people expected to attend its long-awaited first trial of a Khmer Rouge leader, a spokeswoman said.

world Updated: Feb 17, 2009 02:54 IST

Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes court busily readied for a deluge of around 1,000 people expected to attend its long-awaited first trial of a Khmer Rouge leader, a spokeswoman said.

The ultra-communist regime's prison chief Kaing Guek Eav better known as Duch will appear Tuesday for the initial hearing in his trial for crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and premeditated murder.

"The court is an absolute hive of activity," tribunal spokeswoman Helen Jarvis said.

"It reaffirms to us the intense public interest in what's happening. We're well aware this is a historic day for Cambodia," she added.

Former maths teacher Duch, 66, is one of five Khmer Rouge leaders who have been detained by the court seeking justice for the communist 1975-1979 regime that killed up to two million people.

His first hearing is expected to last less than three days as it involves procedural matters to determine the structure of the trial, according to court officials. Full testimony is not expected until March.

Duch was indicted last year for allegedly personally overseeing the torture and extermination of more than 12,000 men, women and children when he headed Phnom Penh's notorious Tuol Sleng prison, known as S-21.