Four former Khmer Rouge soldiers were sentenced up to 20
years in prison and one man was released Tuesday, following a murder trial for
the death of a British deminer and his interpreter in 1996.
Christopher Howes and Hun Huoth were shot and killed in
Anlong Veng following their abduction with other deminers from a site near
Angkor Wat in March 1996.
Chiep Cheth, 33, was released Tuesday, when Phnom Penh Municipal
Court announced a non-guilty verdict for his role in the killings. Chiep Cheth
had said in his defense he had led a group of Khmer Rouge soldiers to the site
where Howes and others were demining. Had he disobeyed, he said, he would have
The soldiers, who were under the command of notorious Khmer
Rouge guerrilla Ta Mok, were found guilty Tuesday, following their one-day trial Oct. 3.
Khem Nguon, 58, a former commander in Anlong Veng, was
sentenced to 20 years in prison, along with his subordinate, Loch Mao, 56, and
his driver, Puth Lim, 57. Subordinate Sin Dorn, 52, was given 10 years in