KR Commander Arrest Follows Chirac Request

Fugitive former Khmer Rouge com­mander Chhouk Rin was ar­rested on Tuesday near the Thai border in Oddar Meanchey pro­vince, National Military Police Com­­mander Sao Sokha said.

Mil­itary police cooperated with In­terior Ministry police in making the arrest, Sao Sokha said.

The arrest follows a request by French President Jacques Chirac for Chhouk Rin’s arrest during a Sept 21 meeting with Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen in Paris.

Chhouk Rin has been on the run since February, when the Supreme Court rejected his final appeal against a life sentence issued in 2002 for his role in the 1994 murders of three backpackers from Aus­tralia, Britain and France who were taken hostage following a train attack and later executed on Vine Mountain in Kampot pro­vince.

A cousin of Chhouk Rin, who asked not to be named, said from Kam­pot that he received information on Tuesday afternoon that Chhouk Rin was arrested by military police in the former Khmer Rouge stronghold of Anlong Veng, where Pol Pot died.

Chhouk Rin was arrested at 1 pm and was flown by helicopter to Phnom Penh, where he was sent di­rectly to Prey Sar prison with the per­mission of the Supreme Court, said an Interior Ministry source who asked to remain anonymous.

“Chhouk Rin was arrested at his new house in Trapaing Prasat [district], where he wanted to become a farmer, while he was working on in­stalling new windows,” said the cousin, who added that government forces handcuffed Chhouk Rin and then confiscated his motorbike.

While the arrest was taking place, Chhouk Rin threw his mo­bile phone into the grass, which a rel­ative found after he was taken away, the cousin said. Relatives then contacted their kin in Kampot using the phone.

The cousin said Chhouk Rin is in good health and weighs 85 kg, add­ing that before relocating to the Thai border, he had been hiding on Vine Mountain.

 

 

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