Kidnap gang leader caught in Cambodia
Sunday 02 August 1998
The country's top leader, Hun Sen, announced details of the arrest of Nuon Paet yesterday after giving a briefing on the matter to the ambassadors of Australia, Britain and France, the homelands of the victims.
Nuon Paet headed a band of Khmer Rouge guerrillas who halted a train going south from the capital in 1994 and abducted three Western backpackers: David Wilson, 29, from Australia; Briton Mark Slater, 28; and Jean-Michel Braquet, 27, from France.
The guerrillas, holed up on rugged Vine Mountain in the southern province of Kampot, held three months of protracted negotiations with the government, during which they demanded a ransom for the hostages' release.
The negotiations apparently continued even after the men had been executed, unbeknown to the government.
At least 10 foreigners were taken hostage and subsequently killed by Khmer Rouge guerrillas in 1994 or after. Only one, American Melissa Himes, escaped unharmed.
"This is a success for our national police," Hun Sen told reporters at his residence just outside the capital. He said he asked the ambassadors to send lawyers to the planned trial on behalf of the victims.
Hun Sen's account of Nuon Paet's arrest indicated that the authorities had lured the former guerrilla to the capital on the pretence of a business deal.
Hun Sen said Nuon Paet had most recently been in the western province of Pailin on the Thai border, a former guerrilla stronghold which is now ruled semi-autonomously by high-ranking Khmer Rouge defectors who came over to the government in 1996. - AP
- 2 Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
- 4 Saudi Arabia executes 19 in one half of August in 'disturbing surge of beheadings'
YouTube video posted by Isis militants shows 'execution of 250 Syrian soldiers'
Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
Lady al-Qa’ida: On the trail of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the world’s most wanted prisoner
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
- < Previous
- Next >
£28000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Junior VB.NET ...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# .NET Web De...
Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: HAMPSHIRE MARKET TOWN - A highly attr...
£35000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Network Engineer (CCNP, CCNA, Linux, OSPF,...