More than two years after his disappearance, the British Foreign Offiice finally has concluded that deminer Christopher Howes was murdered in the then-rebel stronghold of Anlong Veng.
In addition, the top British official here debunked a newspaper story alleging that the remains of Howes, apparently slain shortly after his 1996 capture by Khmer Rouge guerrillas, had been handed over to a British Embassy official in Bangkok.
“We have today informed Christopher’s family that there is firm evidence that he was murdered in Anlong Veng,” the Foreign Office said Sunday in a statement.
Howes was kidnapped in March 1996 with his translator Houn Hourth while working in northern Cambodia for the British NGO Mines Advisory Group. Hourth is reported to have been killed soon after the capture.
George Edgar, the British Ambassador to Cambodia, said the statement came after British officials and alleged eyewitnesses to the murder visited the site where the man is said to have been killed. Edgar said the body had been “destroyed” at the site visited by the officials.