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October 31, 2013
by John Vink
Yesterday was the last day in the closing arguments for 'Case nr2' at the ECCC or 'Khmer Rouge Tribunal', trying former Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea (initially there were 4 but Ieng Tirith has dementia and Ieng Sary died).

In 'Case Nr1', Duch, alias Kaing Guek Eav, was tried and sentenced to life after he appealed an initial 35 years sentence.

The verdict for Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea will be announced some time in the first half of 2014...

Three people will have been tried so far for only a few of the horrors committed during the Khmer Rouge regime during which over 1.7 million people died.

'30 Years for a Trial', an ebook for the iPad is available for $5.99 at the iTunes bookshop HERE.

30 Years for a Trial’ is both a report on the trial of Duch, the infamous director of S21, a Khmer Rouge interrogation centre where 15,000 people were tortured and killed, and a photographic reflection on the difficulty of photographing the Cambodian genocide. With texts by Phnom Penh based journalist Robert Carmichael and photographs by John Vink it gives some graphical insight and background information on the first Khmer Rouge to be sentenced by the ECCC.

The ebook has nearly 400 colour and B&W photographs, a long text by Robert Carmichael, spread over 10 different chapters. It also includes a sound enhanced slideshow and one chapter where the complete take of a 5-minute confrontation with the accused is analysed, picture by picture.

For those of you who have upgraded their laptop or desktop Mac to the 'Mavericks' OS: YOU CAN NOW ALSO READ THE IBOOKS AVAILABLE ON ITUNES ON THE SCREEN OF YOUR COMPUTER, and not only on your iPad.