Mon, 30 Mar 2009 07:48:45 GMT | PressTV
Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav
"Today, in the name of the Cambodian people and the United Nations, the trial chamber... declares open the hearing related to Duch," chief judge Nil Nonn told the court.
Last month, Duch's lawyers said that he would use the court to publicly ask forgiveness for his role in the regime during a few days of preliminary proceedings.
The 66-year-old Duch is one of five former Khmer Rouge leader facing trials for their roles in the deaths of up to 2 million people through execution, overwork and starvation.
He faces a maximum term of life in prison by the tribunal, which cannot impose the death penalty.
The first stage of the trial began in February and the current hearing has been scheduled to run for at least the next 40 days.