Wednesday, July 12, 2006

John Dewhirst - Tuol Sleng victim

John Dewhirst was the only known British victim at the Khmer Rouge's interrogation centre at Tuol Sleng in Phnom Penh. He was captured off the coast of Cambodia in August 1978, tortured and then executed just a few months before the Khmer Rouge regime was toppled by invading Vietnamese forces in January 1979. His typed confession, like so many of the 14,000 prisoners at S-21, condemned him as a CIA spy. He was one of 200 foreign victims of the Tuol Sleng killing machine, overseen by Comrade Duch, one of just two Khmer Rouge leaders currently in detention, and ready to stand trial for war crimes, sometime in 2007.

The story of John Dewhirst can be read here.

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