November 22, 1996 |
Khmer Rouge guerrillas have freed a British mine-clearing expert and his Cambodian interpreter nearly eight months after they were seized near the Angkor temple complex. Christopher Howes, 36, of Bristol, England, and Houn Hourth were described as "weak and very thin." They were freed as part of a deal allowing guerrillas to defect to the government, an official said.
October 28, 1996 |
King Norodom Sihanouk reversed his decision to pardon and release most of Cambodia's 2,000 prisoners from overcrowded and dilapidated jails and said he will not allow his exiled half brother to return home. Sihanouk cited criticism from students and some politicians in withdrawing last week's amnesty decree. The amnesty had been planned to commemorate his 74th birthday Thursday.
October 19, 1996 |
Cambodia's king granted amnesty Friday to nearly all prison inmates, saying it was only fair after he pardoned notorious Khmer Rouge guerrillas. King Norodom Sihanouk also proposed tearing down Cambodia's dilapidated prisons, which house an estimated 2,000 people, many held without trial. Only people convicted of serious crimes judged to be too dangerous will remain incarcerated.
December 3, 1992 |
A U.N. helicopter--sent to seek six unarmed peacekeepers detained by Khmer Rouge forces in Cambodia--was fired on, with one French officer aboard suffering a back wound, officials said Wednesday. The incident was part of escalating tensions that threaten an accord on ending Cambodia's 13-year civil war. Khmer Rouge fighters captured the six U.N. peacekeeping soldiers in Cambodia only 48 hours after the United Nations imposed sanctions against the group. A U.N.
December 2, 1992 |
Khmer Rouge guerrillas seized six U.N. peacekeepers in central Cambodia, a U.N. statement said. The six-man team of peacekeepers--three Britons, two Filipinos and one New Zealander--was taken prisoner in central Kompong Thom province, a spokesman for the U.N. Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) said. In Siem Reap province, five peacekeepers were wounded, at least two of them seriously, when their vehicles hit anti-tank mines, he said.
October 6, 1989
Khmer Rouge guerrillas put on display five prisoners they said were Vietnamese soldiers captured in Cambodia after Vietnam announced it had withdrawn all its forces last week. Guerrilla commander Son Sen, speaking at a Khmer Rouge camp, said the men were captured in fighting near the Thai border Tuesday, one week after Vietnam said it had pulled out all its troops. The men, looking dazed and tired, spoke fluent Vietnamese and Khmer, the Cambodian language. They said they were from Vietnam.