Police raid Khmer Rouge ex-foreign minister in apparent move to arrest him

November 12, 2007 02:54


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Police entered the home of Ieng Sary, the former foreign minister of the communist Khmer Rouge regime, early Monday in an apparent move to arrest him for trial before Cambodia's UN-backed genocide tribunal, witnesses said. Police cordoned off the street outside Ieng Sary's Phnom Penh home at about 5:30 a.m. Police officers and tribunal officials moved into the house at about 6 a.m., the earliest permissible time for arrests under tribunal rules. Police forced reporters away from the entrance to the house, and the tribunal's public affairs chief, Helen Jarvis, declined to comment on the development. At least one tribunal official who had taken part in the arrest of a previous suspect in September was seen accompanying the police party.

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