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Anti-Hun Sen Leaflets Criticized Hun Sen on Ta Mok's Death

Prime Minister Hun Sen Wednesday wants the police to arrest those responsible in circulating anti-Hun Sen leaflets, blaming him with former Khmer Rouge commander Ta Mok's death, and with having plans to murder the remaining living leaders.

This angry reaction happens after some leaflets were found in Phnom Penh Mean Chey district, accusing the government of wanting to destroy important evidences for the upcoming Khmer Rouge Tribunal, and the premature death of Ta Mok on July 21.

The leaflets also mention plans to do away with Khmer Rouge ideologist Nuon Chea, minister of foreign affairs Ieng Sary, and former head of state Khieu Samphan.

At the opening ceremony of a waste recycling site in Preah Sihanoukville city, Mr. Hun Sen says that his critics blame him for Ta Mok's death, and charge the government with destroying evidences (of Khmer Rouge atrocities) with his death, and that when Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, and Khieu Samphan die, problems will arise.

He says that the living Khmer Rouge leaders have not been charged by the court, and that Ta Mok was detained for being a suspect awaiting trial.

Civil societies officials express regrets on Ta Mok's death as a loss of an important witness of a genocidal regime.

Ta Mok is an important basic level to central communist party level's top leader of the Khmer Rouge movement.

Opposition party legislator Son Chhay says that Ta Mok's death was due to the trial's delay.

NGO Licadho's director Pung Chhiv Kek says that the former cammander's death is a loss of important evidences of Democratic Kampuchea's regime.