Australia's government has asked the Vietnamese-backed government in Kampuchea to search for more information about two Australians believed to have been tortured and murdered during the last days of the Pol Pot regime.
GV Toul Slaeng prison, Phnom Penh, Kampuchea, now a museum
CU Cemetery, with sign reading "The graves of the last 14 victims massacred just before the escape of Pol Pot's men on January 7, 1979"
Corrugated iron wall with barbed wire
GV PAN INTERIOR Cell in prison
CU Photograph of David Lloyd Scott on prison wall with alleged confession along-side showing his thumbprint (4 shots)
SVs Axes, saws, knives and other torture tools hanging on wall (3 shots)
SCU photographs on wall of victims who died under torture (2 shots)
GV PN INTERIORS Of prison cells and corridor
SVs Skulls and bones on display (2 shots)
GV Photograph of executed prisoners who were crushed to death, and skull
GVs EXTERIORS Toul Slaeng prison and barred-up windows and locked doors (5 shots)
SV Rope hanging next to sign "Torture by suspension"
LOCKYER: "Scott and Dean are believed to have been tortured and then executed in Phnom Penh's infamous Toul Slaeng prison, probably the worst which functioned under Pol Pot's rule. The prison has now been turned into a museum depicting the ghastly methods which were used to torment suspected enemies of the state and put them to death. Scott, the West Australian whose photograph is part of the display was 32 at the time he disappeared. His companion, Dean, was 37. Australian consular officials who made a recent visit to the jail collected copies of alleged confessions made by the two Australians kept on an extensive filing system by Pol Pot's torture squad. CTA links are woven into the documents which go into great detail about the personal backgrounds of the pair. An estimated sixteen-thousand people were executed in the Toul Slaeng prison during the time of the Pol Pot regime with their torturers progressively designing new ways to prolong the agony. For many of the victims their crimes were simply that they were professional people or academics who didn't fit into Pol Pot's plans to turn back the clock in Kampuchea. But as these plans failed the victims of torture and execution increasingly became people from Pol Pot's own ranks as mistrust spread. Khmer Rouge files at the prison show that on one day in 1978, 582 people were, in the official execution terms, crushed to bits. The jail records say that the two Australians were arrested in November, 1978, after a patrol boat intercepted their yacht spying in Kampuchean waters. Officials of the Vietnamese-backed administration in Phnom Penh say they must have been among the last to die at Toul Slaeng and there's little doubt now that that's what happened."
REPORTER: PAUL LOCKYER
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Background: Australia's government has asked the Vietnamese-backed government in Kampuchea to search for more information about two Australians believed to have been tortured and murdered during the last days of the Pol Pot regime. The two men, David Lloyd Scott and Donald Keith Dean, disappeared with their yacht in 1978. Grim evidence discovered in Phnom Penh's infamous prison of Toul Slaeng -- now a museum -- suggests that Scott and Dean were executed there. Paul Lockyer of the Australian Broadcasting Commission reports: