Khmer Rouge soldier tells of Briton's murder

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More than a decade after a British charity worker was seized and murdered in Cambodia, a former Khmer Rouge soldier has told how he was shot dead at night, before his body was doused with diesel and burnt.

In a court in Phnom Penh, Put Lim, one of five former soldiers on trial for murder, said Christopher Howes and his Cambodian translator were killed after being seized close to the Angkor Wat temple in 1996. Mr Howes, 37, a former Royal Engineer, was working for the Mine Action Group to remove mines laid during 30 years of conflict.

The court heard that before he was murdered, his Maoist captors provided him with a final meal. His death was only confirmed in 1998.