Khieu Samphan, Malai district, Banteay Meanchey province, 1980. (J. Kaufman/DC-Cam)

The Good, Bad and Ugly as Khmer Rouge Tribunal Reaches End of the Road

“I wouldn’t hold a glass of champagne and say ‘Cheers.’” A somewhat experimental effort with a $330-million price tag, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal straddled controversy, the pursuit of justice and bitter disappointment before its final verdict against the last-surviving regime leader on trial.

Kaing Guek Eav, known as "Duch" on June 23, 2016, during his testimony at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Case 002/02 against fellow former Khmer Rouge senior leaders Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea. (Nhet Sok Heng/ECCC)

Breaking: Khmer Rouge Torture Center Chief ‘Duch’ Dies

UPDATED 1:47 p.m. — The former head of Khmer Rouge detention center S-21, Kaing Guek Eav, known by his alias “Duch,” died late Tuesday night in a Phnom Penh hospital, the spokesperson of the tribunal that convicted Duch of crimes against humanity and other crimes said on Wednesday.

Noun Chea (with sunglasses) and members of his defense team, including Doreen Chen (far left), Son Arun (front left) and Suon Visal (front right) in the courtroom for a trial hearing on January 8, 2015. (ECCC)

After Death, Nuon Chea’s Genocide Conviction on Uncertain Ground

Legal experts and the Khmer Rouge tribunal spokesman said the law requires Khmer Rouge regime second-in-command Nuon Chea’s appeal of his genocide conviction to end following his death last week, calling into question whether the 2018 charges will stand.

Former senior Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea (ECCC)

‘Brother No 2’ Nuon Chea Dead at 93

Nuon Chea, one of two former senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge to be convicted of the crime of genocide, died on Sunday evening in Phnom Penh, a spokesman for the Khmer Rouge tribunal said in a statement.