Who is Nic Dunlop?
The Lost Executioner: A Story of the Khmer Rouge was the result of a research supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Dunlop exposed Kaing Guek Eav a.k.a. Comrade Duch, the former head of Democratic Kampuchea's dreaded special branch - the Santebal. Duch was in hiding since the Khmer Rouge's fall in 1979, and was wanted for his crimes in personally overseeing the systematic torture of more than 15,000 prisoners.
Dunlop tracked Duch to Samlaut, Cambodia, where Duch had been transferred as Director of Education. In 1999, Nate Thayer, who had previously interviewed Pol Pot and Ta Mok, and Dunlop interviewed Duch for the Far Eastern Economic Review. Duch surrendered to the authorities in Phnom Penh following the publication of his interview.. Duch was later tried and found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity becoming the first former Khmer Rouge to be tried and sentenced by the UN-backed tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.