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Friday, July 21, 2006

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 Khmer Rouge leader dies before trial

He's probably hanging out with Ken Lay on some tropical island:
Ta Mok, the 82-year-old former Khmer Rouge commander whose actions earned him the nickname "The Butcher," has died at a military hospital in the Cambodian capital.

Ta Mok, who died Friday, was being treated for high blood pressure, tuberculosis, and respiratory complications, his lawyer, Benson Samay, said.

Earlier this month, officials were sworn in for a long-awaited trial of those blamed for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people under the Khmer Rouge from 1975-79. Ta Mok could have provided key testimony against other defendants.

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