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Nov 14,2007
Khieu Samphan arrives in Cambodia
by UPI

PHNOM PENH - Khieu Samphan arrived Wednesday in Cambodia amid speculation the ailing former Khmer Rouge premier may face U.N. tribunal genocide charges.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment immediately after his arrival in Phnom Penh, CNN reported.

The BBC reported Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen arranged for Khieu Samphan to be airlifted from his home near the border with Thailand. The report quoted his family members saying they believe he had suffered a stroke.

The 76-year-old's arrival comes at a time when a U.N.-backed genocide tribunal has charged and arrested several former Khmer Rouge leaders in the killings of some 2 million people following the communist takeover of Cambodia in 1975. The Khmer Rouge was overthrown by Vietnam in 1979.

Khieu Samphan is the last living former Khmer Rouge leader who hasn't been charged.

The tribunal called the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia is made up of Cambodian and international judges and was set up to prosecute those charged

Earlier this week, Cambodian police arrested former Khmer Rouge Foreign Minister Ieng Sary and his wife, the report said. Ieng Sary reportedly is the brother-in-law of the movement's leader Pol Pot, who died in 1998.

Tribunal spokesman Peter Foster told CNN that Khieu Samphan was taken to Phnom Penh by the Cambodian government but he said he couldn't comment on whether he faced arrest.

© 2007 United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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