The Khmer Rouge prison chief accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and premeditated murder will make his final statements to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) this week.
By Karl Dowling
In attendance at the trial are survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime which killed up to 2 million people between 1975 and 1979.
The trial of former prison chief Kaing Guek Eav - better known as Duch - began in February and a verdict is expected early next year.
The final week of the trial will see civil parties, prosecutors, defence counsel and Duch himself present final arguments, rebuttals and closing statements.
The accused has admitted that he oversaw the murders of approximately 15,000 men, women and children while in charge of the notorious Tuol Sleng prison and has asked for forgiveness from his victims and their families.
However, Duch has consistently denied any direct involvement in the torture and murder of prisoners.
The 67-year-old former school teacher has appeared remorseful throughout the trial and has apologized repeatedly for his actions under the Khmer Rouge. He claims that his job at the prison was performed under duress since he feared for his life from more senior Khmer Rouge officials if he did not carry out his duties.