Hun Sen’s violent obsessions finally unmasked

The ink had barely dried on the UN-backed Khmer Rouge Tribunal‘s verdict against Pol Pot’s former henchmen when Cambodia’s leader, Hun Sen, shockingly revealed his “regret” over not killing his opponents.

But to the late Lee Kwan Yew, Hun Sen’s revelation was expected. Singapore’s late prime minister once described Hun Sen and his regime as “utterly merciless and ruthless, without humane feelings.”

Until Hun Sen’s recent admission, his deep desire to kill his opponents had never been revealed. Over the past 30 years, there have been abundant reports of unsolved political murders attributed to either his “dirty dozen generals,” as documented by Human Rights Watch, or of Cambodia’s government “getting away with murder” (stated by former Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans in 2014).

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