|Duch listening his sentence, ECCC, 07/26/2010, image found on Flickr|
Quant au fait que Duch ait décidé de faire appel de sa condamnation, Vann Nath n'a pas de mots pour exprimer son indignation. Si la justice décide de l'appeler à témoigner une nouvelle fois, il le fera sans hésiter.
J'ai servi d'interprète pour une interview de Vann Nath qui devrait paraître dans le magazine VSD de la semaine prochaine.
[EN] Vann Nath welcomes the sentence of Duch by the ECCC as a lesser evil. He is aware that the sentence (in the end, 19 years in jail) may appear light in comparison to his crimes – Duch is officially held responsible for the death of at least 12 000 victims; though this number is probably less than in reality — however he is only half surprised at this, considering that the prosecutor had only requested 40 years in jail. It is an hesitating first step towards justice, even though many people consider it as insufficient, but it is still a first step.
Concerning the fact that Duch appeals against the decision, Vann Nath has no word to express his indignation. If justice decides to call him one more time as a witness, he will do it with no hesitation.
I served as an interpreter for an interview of Vann Nath that should be published in VSD magazine (France) next week.