Friday, March 25, 2011
Rob Hamill (above), a former Olympic rower from New Zealand and brother of Kerry Hamill, one of the foreigners murdered at Tuol Sleng is making a return trip to Cambodia in an attempt to meet with his brother's jailer, Comrade Duch, who was the convicted in July last year of crimes against humanity, war crimes, premeditated murder and torture. Whilst giving his testimony at Duch's trial, Hamill told him; "at times I have wanted to smash you, to use your words, in the same way that you smashed so many others. At times I have imagined you shackled, starved, whipped and clubbed viciously. I have imagined your scrotum electrified, being forced to eat your own faeces, being nearly drowned and having your throat cut. I have wanted that to be your experience, your reality." The appeal hearing for Duch is coming up next week and Hamill is determined to get some face-to-face time with the former chief of the notorious S-21 prison, also known as Tuol Sleng. Duch's lawyers claim he was not the most responsible senior oficial at S-21, while the prosecution want to extend his jail-time. A documentary film, Brother Number One, is being made that follows Rob's journey to Cambodia to find out the truth about what really happened to his elder brother, and should be released later this year.