French court to try Cambodian generals for grenade attack

1997 strike on opposition leader Sam Rainsy's supporters killed 16, wounded more than 100.

A French judge has ordered two former bodyguards of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to stand trial for their role in a 1997 grenade attack on a peaceful protest that killed 16 people and left more than 100 injured.

According to a translation of court documents by the Khmer service of Voice of America, Judge Sabine Kheris of the Court of Appeal of Paris ruled that Huy Piseth and Hing Bun Heang, former chief and deputy chief of Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit respectively, will be arraigned.

The decision was made on the basis of a unanimous conclusion drawn from a joint investigation by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United Nations and Human Rights Watch (HRW).

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