Return to the Killing Fields: click here (Not for the faint-hearted) This is a recent documentary of the story of Cambodia
If you have never seen the film "The Killing Fields" released in 1984, click here_(film) then I recommend it. It is a dramatisation of the events as they unfolded, with one of the supporting actors being a survivor from Cambodia. click here
“Shortly after his wife's murder, Duch began attending the prayer meetings of the Golden West Cambodian Christian Church held in Battambang by Christopher Lapel, an evangelical Khmer-American. Duch was baptized by Lapel and eventually became a lay pastor.”
Pol Pot, on the other hand, is said to have had no remorse before his death. I doubt that is true, but he did not openly confess his crimes as Duch did.
This brief documentary on the life of Pol Pot is worth watching too: click here
FE: "It's not uncommon for people to develop religious convictions whilst in detention, and I'm sure that in many cases the conversion or rebirth is genuine."
I'm equally sure that in many cases it ain't. Here in Northern Ireland we have been generously provided with a plentiful supply of ex-terrorist hoodlums*/gallant freedom fighters*/loyal defenders of the faith* who claim to have met Jesus in prison. Oddly enough, the Ulster form of conversion seems to have opened up a whole new world of job opportunities for the reborn, ranging from 'cross-community worker' at one end of the scale to Member Of Our Esteemed Legislative Assembly at the other. Either way I guess it beats sitting in a prison cell staring at the wall.
* Delete as appropriate [Hint: they're all the same really — how you perceive them depends on what Sunday School you attended]
newman35: "Strange how many criminals 'get religion' when inside, and become 'born again'. Cynic, moi??"