Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cruel Him takes the stand

After the complete waste of 2 days that took up the testimony of the former S-21 chief interrogator Mam Nay, who was too busy covering his own back to tell the truth, in the witness box today we have Him Huy (pictured), who has been much more candid about his involvement in countless newspaper and television interviews in the past. Okay, so he rearranges his story to suit the occasion - a while ago he said he killed thousands, more recently he said he killed five people - but at least we might now begin to hear some crucial details for the first time from a perpetrator witness. Him Huy, now 54, was a senior guard at S-21, and went onto hold the rank of administration chief before S-21 came to its end. He took prisoners to their deaths at Choeung Ek, he's admitted that many times and some prisoners knew him as 'cruel Him'. We shall see how his testimony pans out over the next day or two. One thing is for sure, he will tell us that he had to do it, and do it well, or else he too would've been killed by the S-21 machine, which is, by and large, how it worked at the prison. As for Mam Nay, I thought he would be on a second list of 'cadre most responsible for serious crimes' and liable for arrest and though the ECCC have given him immunity from prosecution under their mandate, he is someone who would not be out of place in the dock alongside his friend and mentor, Comrade Duch.

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Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Read Tom Fawthrop's laest report from the KR Trials in The Guardian newspaper in the UK at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/16/cambodia-killing-fields-genocide-trials

July 17, 2009 at 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've read Fawthrop's report and found it shallow... only generalities far too known, which says something about the working pace at ECCC and the lack of any significant developments unfolding there.

July 24, 2009 at 1:34 PM  

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