Khmer Rouge Photographer will give the evidence in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal If Needed

Posted by khmernews on January 31, 2007

Phnom Penh: A photographer who was stationed in Toul Sleng prison during the Khmer Rouge regime claimed that he would give the evidence in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal if the court needs him. He said that he would not hesitate or be afraid to say what he knows.

“My work taking photos of the victims during the regime is in the past. If I had not done it, they would have killed me,” said Nhem En at a press conference on 25th January at the American Embassy organized by the Club of Cambodian Journalists and the Documentation Center of Cambodia in cooperation with the American Embassy. This former photographer team leader said that if the tribunal needs him to give evidence in the court, he would go immediately as all the former Khmer Rouges would be tried too if he was sentenced.

He said that if we talked about evidence and what had been seen, taking photographs of the prisoners before the killings during the regime was important, and those photos have been kept until present. He pointed out that although he was the youngest among the six photographers in Toul Sleng prison, he was skillful at his job and more than fifty percent of the photos in Toul Sleng prison were taken by him.

Reach Sambath, the tribunal spokesman, said that officially, they would not comment on the claims raised by the former Khmer Rouge photographer Nhem En . He said that the ECCC is practicing the international law, not just doing anything that individual’s  wish them to do.

In the agreement between the Cambodian government and the UN which was specifically designed for the ECCC, the trial will be for “former senior Khmer Rouge leaders” in the Khmer Rouge regime.

For witnesses, the court will ask them to give evidence in the investigation process and in the trial. Victims and witnesses will have special protection by the tribunal.

“We are the ones who enforce laws, so we cannot do anything beyond what is written,” said Chea Leang, ECCC Cambodian co-prosecutor.

Reaksmey Kampuchea. Y15-No.4197. Sunday-Monday, 28-29 January, 2007


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