Wednesday, April 28, 1999 Published at 16:27 GMT 17:27 UK
Khmer Rouge torture chief 'born again'
Walls of the torture centre are covered with pictures of its victims
The former head of a notorious Khmer Rouge torture and execution centre is reported to be living as a born again Christian in western Cambodia.
In an interview with the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review, due to be published on Friday, Kang Kek Leu admitted to being the man formerly known as "Duch", the director of the Security Prison 21 (S21) detention centre in Phnom Penh.
The former prison chief disappeared 20-years ago, when he followed the Khmer Rouge leadership into Cambodia's jungles after the toppling of the murderous regime by a Vietnamese invasion force.
S21, formerly Tuol Sleng High School, was transformed by the Khmer Rouge into a centre for the interrogation and execution of anyone they suspected of opposing their rule.
Hundreds of thousands of other Cambodians died in the so-called "killing fields" around the country.
Kang Kek Leu was quoted by the Review as saying that he was deeply sorry for the killings and was willing to face an international tribunal.
But he is also reported to have said that all the executions were carried out on the orders of the top Khmer Rouge leadership.
Now, the Khmer Rouge is thought to be a spent force with most of the movement's surviving leadership having surrendered to the government.
The BBC's Phnom Penh Correspondent, Caroline Gluck, says the discovery of Duch's whereabouts is likely to strengthen moves to bring those surviving Khmer Rouge leaders to justice.
S21 itself is now a museum, dedicated to those who lost their lives within its walls. Most of those walls have been covered with thousands of pictures of victims, taken by Khmer Rouge officers as part of their methodical record keeping.
The head of the documentation centre of Cambodia, Youk Chang, who has been collecting archival material on the Khmer Rouge, says there is plenty of evidence to prosecute Duch for his part in the killings.
But, he says, Deuch is also likely to be a key witness in any future trials.