July 27, 2010 |
A former Khmer Rouge prison chief convicted of crimes against humanity will serve little more than half of his 35-year sentence, a penalty that many victims said Monday was unthinkably lenient. Kang Kek Ieu — known in tribunal filings as Kaing Guek Eav but best known by his revolutionary name, Comrade Duch — had his sentence reduced to 19 years by the U.N.-backed tribunal that convicted him, in part because he has already been behind bars for 11 years. Duch, 67, who presided over the grisly torture and execution of more than 14,000 Cambodians, could have received a life sentence.
October 9, 1996 |
Hundreds of hard-line Khmer Rouge guerrillas in at least five divisions have agreed to join Cambodian government forces. Analysts said the move would put pressure on Ieng Sary, foreign minister during the 1975-1979 Khmer Rouge regime, to speed up the process of reconciling his forces with the government. Ieng Sary began merger talks after receiving a royal pardon Sept. 14 from a death sentence for his role in the genocide of more than 1 million Cambodians during the Khmer Rouge's rule.
October 30, 1992 |
Thailand and Japan failed in a last-ditch effort to persuade Khmer Rouge guerrillas to cooperate with the U.N. peacekeeping operation in Cambodia. "We had a long talk but without any conclusive conclusion," said Saroj Chavanaviraj, Thailand's deputy secretary for foreign affairs. "There will be no more meetings."
October 23, 1988 |
The Khmer Rouge guerrilla group announced Saturday that it is prepared to accept an international peacekeeping force as part of an agreement to end the nine-year-old Cambodian conflict. The move eliminates a major difference between the Khmer Rouge and resistance coalition partners Prince Norodom Sihanouk and Son Sann, who have said a peacekeeping force would ensure that the Khmer Rouge does not use its military superiority to retake power in Cambodia in the event of a Vietnamese withdrawal.
April 14, 1993 |
The Khmer Rouge guerrillas apparently broke with Cambodia's peace process Tuesday, U.N. officials said, raising fears that months of mounting tensions will reignite civil war. They said that all Khmer Rouge officials in the capital appeared to have left Tuesday and that the group sent a letter of withdrawal to U.N. officials. The officials, who declined to be named, said the letter did not indicate whether the Khmer Rouge was severing all relations with the U.N.
January 7, 2003 |
Prime Minister Hun Sen said trials must be held to clear away the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge, whose rule in the 1970s left more than a million Cambodians dead. Because of "indescribable sufferings," the radical communist regime cannot be forgiven, Hun Sen said. "Trials for the genocidal regime must be held. They are unavoidable." His remarks came as Cambodian envoys met with U.N.
August 10, 1996 |
Khmer Rouge radio broadcast orders for the arrest of two commanders said to have defected to the government along with 3,000 rebel soldiers. The guerrilla movement's clandestine radio said Khmer Rouge Supreme Command had ordered the arrest and military trial of Sok Peap and Mit (Ei) Chien in northwest Cambodia. Second Prime Minister Hun Sen said the two commanders of key rebel zones had defected along with their supporters.
April 23, 2003 |
A Cambodian judge, who last year sentenced a notorious Khmer Rouge commander to life imprisonment, was shot to death in his car by two men on a motorcycle who pulled up next to him at an intersection, police said. Judge Sok Setha Mony had sentenced Sam Bith, a former Khmer Rouge provincial chief, to the life term for masterminding the 1994 abduction and murder of three Western tourists. Sam Bith was one of the highest-ranking members of the genocidal communist regime to be put on trial.
April 21, 1998 |
The Khmer Rouge killed 22 ethnic Vietnamese and wounded an additional 15 people in a strike on a village in central Cambodia, far from the guerrilla group's home base, that demonstrated the rebels' power to terrorize in the run-up to nationwide elections. The group may be trying to prove that it did not die last week along with its notorious former leader, Pol Pot.
December 5, 1998 |
The last top lieutenants of the Khmer Rouge rebel force have surrendered, ending the radical group's two-decade fight against the Cambodian government, army commanders said today. Gen. Meas Sophea, the deputy armed forces chief, said eight senior Khmer Rouge commanders agreed to give up their fight after four hours of talks on Friday at a temple in northern Cambodia near the border with Thailand. In all, about 500 fighters will surrender soon, signaling the end of the rebel force, he added.