Past catches up with Khmer Rouge killer





Khem Ngoun had swaggered into Phnom Penh's Municipal Court as if he were considering buying the place.

He stood slightly apart from the other four defendants and held a fuchsia-coloured hand towel to mop his brow.

Even his blue, prison-issue pyjamas were of a different design and a better fit than those his former Khmer Rouge colleagues were wearing.

His initial appearance at the court earlier this month suggested that Khem Ngoun still saw himself as a powerful man, one who deserved more respect than to be charged with kidnapping and murder.

But his 20-year sentence confirms that former Khmer Rouge leaders should no longer feel safe from prosecution.



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