Cambodia on Tuesday quietly marked the 10-year anniversary of Khmer Rouge dictator Pol Pot's death, amid fears that time is running out to try ageing regime leaders before a genocide tribunal. Pol Pot, the tyrant who turned Cambodia into killing fields in the late 1970s, died on April 15 1998, reportedly from a heart attack.
Former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan was formally detained and charged on Monday with war crimes and crimes against humanity by Cambodia's United Nations-backed genocide tribunal, a court spokesperson said. "The co-investigating judges have detained him for a period of one year," tribunal spokesperson Reach Sambath said.
A Cambodian cow arrested by authorities last week after causing a string of traffic deaths was butchered by its owner to prevent future highway carnage, police said on Tuesday. The large animal had repeatedly escaped its enclosure and wandered into a nearby road.
In the ruined ballroom of the Bokor Palace Hotel it is easy to imagine, amid the shattered floor tiles and mouldy walls, the clink of champagne flutes and lively chatter of a night out in this tiny colonial hill station. A symbol of both the excesses of Cambodia's golden age and the apocalypse that followed, the long abandoned hotel and casino is now only haunted by curious tourists.
A reputation for cruelty, even by the standards of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime he led, set Ta Mok apart from his revolutionary comrades and earned him the nickname of "The Butcher". Ta Mok died on July 21 at the age of 80 after languishing in jail since 1999.