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Cambodia quietly marks Pol Pot’s death amid fears for KR trial

April 16, 2008

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – Cambodia on Tuesday quietly marked the 10-year anniversary of Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot‘s death, amid fears that time is running out to try his ageing surviving cadre before a genocide tribunal.
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Pol Pot, the tyrant who turned Cambodia into the killing fields in the late 1970s, died on April 15, 1998, reportedly from heart attack, in the remote northern Cambodian outpost of Anlong Veng, the Khmer Rouge‘s final stronghold.

He was unceremoniously cremated under a pile of rubbish and tires.

“Pol Pot died a criminal, responsible for millions of lives,” said Youk Chhang, director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, which collects evidence of Khmer Rouge atrocities. “He is not the kind of person Cambodian people should commemorate.”

The Choeung Ek killing fields memorial in Phnom Penh. Cambodia ...
The Choeung Ek killing fields memorial in Phnom Penh. Cambodia on Tuesday quietly marked the 10-year anniversary of Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot’s death, amid fears that time is running out to try his ageing surviving cadre before a genocide tribunal(AFP/Tang Chhin Sothy)

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Cambodian monks fight police at Vietnam embassy

December 17, 2007

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – About 40 Cambodian Buddhist monks fought with police, knocking one unconscious before being beaten back with batons, as they tried to hand a petition to Vietnam‘s embassy, officials said Monday.

The Buddhists had marched to the embassy to hand over a letter calling on Vietnam to free Cambodian monk Tim Sakhorn, who was arrested by the communist country nearly five months ago.

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Former Khmer Rouge leader detained

September 19, 2007

By SOPHENG CHEANG, Associated Press Writer

PAILIN, Cambodia – Police arrested the top surviving Khmer Rouge leader Wednesday, taking Nuon Chea to appear before a U.N-backed genocide tribunal for his role in the 1970s Cambodian regime blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people.

Police surrounded his home in Pailin in northwestern Cambodia near the Thai border and served him with an arrest warrant on charges of crimes against humanity, police Capt. Sem Sophal said.

Officers later took the 82-year-old Nuon Chea — who denies any wrongdoing — into custody and put him into a car and then a helicopter headed for the capital, Phnom Penh…..

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