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From the August 1999 issue of World Press Review (VOL. 46, No. 08)

Cambodia

Delayed Justice

Kara Peterson, World Press Review assistant editor

In September, 1994, three Western tourists were kidnapped and murdered by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge. Today, almost five years later, Nuon Paet, who is the first senior Khmer Rouge leader ever to be tried in the country, has been found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.

In July, 1994, Briton Mark Slater, Australian David Wilson, and Frenchman Jean-Michel Braquet met in Phnom Penh, writes Kay Johnson in London's conservative Daily Telegraph, and "took the train heading south to the beaches of Sihanoukville, via country occupied by the Khmer Rouge." This is where they ran into trouble.

"The rebels detonated a mine on the tracks and ambushed the train, killing 13 Cambodians," writes Johnson. The three men were taken to "a mountaintop camp where Nuon Pae was the base commander." The men were forced to work in the rice fields while "the guerrillas negotiated with the government for their release.” The negotiations failed, the men "were executed in late September, after the Cambodian army shelled area."

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