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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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