Killer says `I'm sorry'

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The Independent Online
THE CHIEF of the Khmer Rouge security service, who ordered the torture and killing of at least 14,000 men, women and children in the late 1970s, has become a born-again Christian, reports Jerry Harmer.

An account of the discovery of the man known as Duch is to appear in today's issue of the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review, the magazine announced in a news release yesterday.

He spoke to Nic Dunlop, a British photographer, and Nate Thayer, a Review reporter who in 1997 became the first outsider in 18 years to see Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge leader.

Duch, 56, disappeared in 1979, and was presumed dead. Hiding his identity, he worked for aid organisations.

He told the journalists he was sorry for the killings and was willing to face an international tribunal. Experts say his prosecution would be easy, as there is ample evidence to link him to many murders. (AP)