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Cambodian genocide trial calls for more witnesses
Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Duch will stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity in February. [AFP]
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Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Duch will stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity in February. [AFP]

Last Updated: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 20:42:00 +1100

Cambodia's UN-backed genocide tribunal is mounting a media blitz to urge more Khmer Rouge victims to participate in the upcoming trial of the regime's prison chief.

Court spokeswoman Helen Jarvis says victims have until February 2 to indicate their interest in participating as civil parties in the trial of Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch.

The court has set February 17 as the start date for the first long-awaited trial.

Duch is accused of overseeing the torture and extermination of more than 12,000 people when he headed the Tuol Sleng prison, during the Khmer Rouge's 1975-1979 rule.

So far only 28 people have been officially recognised as civil parties to Duch's trial, while about 70 more applications are being processed.
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