What Justice has There Been
Launched in 2006, the tribunal – which costs hundreds of millions of dollars — has so far convicted just three people.
Duch was the first member of the Khmer Rouge to face judgment and his testimony revealed aspects of the secretive regime that was never known to the public.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012.
The other two convicted were Nuon Chea, “Brother Number Two” and chief ideologue of the regime — who died last year — and Khieu Samphan, the former head of state who served as the Khmer Rouge’s public face to the world.
Critics have castigated interference by the government and the pace of proceedings.
Judicial processes are “complex, politicised, and in many ways doomed to fail”, said Robert Carmichael, author of “When The Clouds Fell From the Sky”, which chronicles Duch’s trial.
But his trial and conviction “were viewed as beneficial” because of the details revealed about regime, he stated.