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By Seth Mydans, New York Times, 30 March 2009

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The first substantive sessions in the trials of former Khmer Rouge officials began Monday morning, 30 years after the end of the notorious communist regime that left some 1.7 million Cambodians dead.

The first defendant in the tribunal, Kaing Guek Eav, 66, spoke briefly in court on Monday, identifying himself with his name and various aliases, and giving the names of his wives and children.

Widely known as Duch (pronounced doik), he has been charged with crimes against humanity, war crimes and various Cambodian crimes including murder. He was the commander at S-21, the main prison and torture house during the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-79.

More than 14,000 people died at the prison, also known as Tuol Sleng. It is now a museum.

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