Cambodia Prepares for Verdicts in Khmer Rouge Trials

BY Larisa Epatko  May 25, 2010 at 12:01 PM EDT

In Cambodia, several former leaders of the Khmer Rouge are on trial for the detention and killing of thousands of Cambodians during the 1970s. The first verdict — for prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch — is expected this summer.

News coverage of the trials and a prison-museum in the capital Phnom Penh serve as reminders of the genocide for Cambodians, many of whom weren’t alive when the killings occurred.

Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro stopped by the Rundown to discuss how Cambodia is handling the trials — and bracing for the upcoming verdicts. His full report airs on the NewsHour on Tuesday, but in the meantime you can watch his conversation with Hari Sreenivasan:

Lazaro also narrates a slide show exploring the prison-museum, Tuol Sleng, where photos of the prisoners line the walls and beds with shackles offer stark reminders of the lives lost. “It was a crowded, crowded place, with just enough room to stand at times,” he says: