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This chapter traces Duch’s path from M-13, which was closed at the end of the war, to S-21, which was established around August 1975. Son Sen, a leading Democratic Kampuchea official and Duch’s superior, assigned Duch to be the deputy head of S-21 under Nat. During the early phase of S-21, as Nat ran the security center, which changed location several times, Duch oversaw interrogations. Duch and Nat appear to have been competitive as the first waves of prisoners, many of whom were former members of the old regime, passed through the gates of S-21 before interrogation and execution. Ultimately, Duch won the competition with Nat, who came under suspicion. In March 1976, Nat was transferred, and Duch took over as the chief of S-21.

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