Thursday, July 21, 2011

On July 21

On this day in ...
... 2006 (5 years ago), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Ta Mok (left) died in his early 80s in the military hospital to which he had been transported from the cell where he'd been in custody for years, awaiting trial on charges that he was responsible for crimes against humanity during the Khmer Rouge reign of terror in the 1970s. (credit for photo courtesy of DC-Cam, the Documentation Center of Cambodia) At the time of the death of Ta Mok, whom Cambodians called "The Butcher," only one other person was similarly in custody -- the man known as Duch, who, as we've chronicled in a series of posts, was convicted this week last year, and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

(Prior July 21 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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