Retired King: ‘Lon Nolists’ Should Face Tribunal

Retired King Norodom Sihan­ouk in a letter dated Sunday and posted on his Web site Monday again lashed out at “Lon Nolists” and an unnamed group of Khmer Krom, asking for them be sent be­­fore the Khmer Rouge tribu­nal.

He provided a list of people he thought should face the court—including Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge head of state, Nuon Chea, Brother No 2, Ieng Sary, Brother No 3, and former rebel commander Ta Mok—and added that Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife, Bun Rany, fled to the jungle to fight Lon Nol after listening to one of his speeches.

“I ask for the international court to bring Lon Nolists, Sirik Matak and a group of Kampuchea Krom who show their faces only on e-mail…to the court with Khieu Sam­phan, Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, Ta Mok and Norodom Sihan­ouk,” the retired monarch wrote.

Lon Nol and Sirik Matak in March 1970 took part in a coup that effectively removed then-prince Sihanouk from power. Both are dead, but the retired King in previous Web postings has accused their “progeny” of conspiring to ruin him in the eyes of history and the international community.

Referring to his March 1970 speech imploring Cambodians to join the National United Front of Kampuchea—better known by its French acronym FUNK—which was founded to fight Lon Nol and return then Prince Si­ha­nouk to power, Norodom Si­ha­nouk wrote: “Samdech Hun Sen and Lok Chumteav Bun Ra­ny Hun Sen when they were young decided to flee to the jungle after listening to my message.”

Among others listed by the re­tired King as responding to his call to join FUNK were Finance Minister Keat Chhon, Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, former justice minister Chem Snguon and former minister of public works and ambassador to Japan Ing Kiet.

Norodom Sihanouk also ac­cused unnamed international his­tor­ians of sullying his name.

“What sort of international historians are they?” he asked. “They change history from white to black, a dishonest, shameful deed. There is no truth at all.”


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