Cambodia awaits Khmer Rouge prison chief Duch verdict

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Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes tribunal is to issue a verdict in the trial of the former Khmer Rouge prison chief Duch - the first from the court.

Duch, 67, whose full name is Kaing Guek Eav, ran the Tuol Sleng prison, where "enemies" of the regime were sent.

He has admitted overseeing the deaths of up to 15,000 people who passed through its gates and asked for forgiveness during the public hearings.

Duch, the first of five surviving senior figures of the Khmer Rouge to go on trial, is widely expected to be found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity when the court in Phnom Penh delivers its verdict.

Despite acknowledged his role he played at Tuol Sleng, codenamed "S-21", he insisted that he had only been following orders from his superiors, and on the trial's final day in November shocked many by asking to be acquitted....

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