Victims’ Views On the Preliminary Accusation of 5 Former KR Leaders

Posted by khmernews on July 31, 2007


Kompong Thom: After 5 former senior Khmer Rouge (KR) leaders have been preliminarily accused by the KR Tribunal’s Co-Prosecutors, victims of the KR regime have expressed their personal views in which most show their enthusiasm while a few seem to lack interest and say that it is an ordinary case which is the obligation of the leaders.

It is the habit of the Cambodians living in the country side that they don’t care much about the things which do not produce immediate effects on them. For any judgment that the accused is guilty “in name” (the accused is not imprisoned), they don’t consider the accused guilty. They think that “guilty” means the accused is put in prison or is tortured like what the accused has done to the victims.

Keo Borey, 40, an orphan whose parents and siblings were killed and separated by the Khmer Rouge, expresses her idea that she has heard about the accusation, but is worried that if those former KR leaders denied the responsibilities and pointed to other people, what would the court do?

However, a lawyer said that it didn’t depend on the excuse from the accused but on the investigation of the Co-Prosecutors and on witnesses also.

“If this court was like the iron-clad court in the Chinese movie, I’d hope much for justice,” said Keo Borey. However, she is enthusiastic and hoping that justice will exist.

Meas Chanthan, 40, also an orphan whose parents were killed and who had lived in an orphanage since 1979 until he received a job as a policeman, claims that he is happy having hearing that 5 former KR leaders have been indicted by the Co-Prosecutors. He, as a victim, hopes to receive justice.

Sorphon, who didn’t want to tell about his workplace, said: “I don’t care whether or not former KR leaders are indicted or will be tried. I am still a Cambodian.”

Keo Hiek, 71, a former KR soldier who fought to topple the Lon Nol regime and whose daughter was an outstanding KR nurse but was eventually killed, says he is happy with the KR Tribunal. However, he thinks every decision should be left to the leaders since he thinks he is only a farmer who does the agriculture only to survive.

Hem Sy, 67, farmer, says that he accepts that the KR trials are good, but says that everything is over. “No matter how the trials will be, the people who died cannot be resurrected,” he said.

Rem Thea, 51, farmer, said: “Though it’s useful or not for the victims, it’s a good sample for next generations not to follow the criminals.”

Informal Translation
-Extracted from Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4349, Sunday-Monday, July 29-30, 2007.



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