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Khmer Rouge leader's daughter to wed man she met in M'sia

Publication Date : 14-03-2014

 

The only daughter of Pol Pot, the Cambodian tyrant who led the murderous Khmer Rouge regime, is getting married on Sunday, according to a newspaper here.

Citing a wedding invitation, the Cambodia Daily said Sar Patchata was marrying Sy Vicheka, whom she met while studying in Malaysia.

Sar Patchata's stepfather, Tep Khunnal, told the newspaper: "My daughter graduated with a master's degree in English literature in Malaysia and the groom was also studying in Malaysia, so they knew each other while they were studying."

Tep Khunnal, who said his daughter was 26, declined to comment further about the wedding.

Pol Pot had no children with first wife Khieu Ponnary and married Mea Som in the mid-1980s after the Khmer Rouge was toppled and he fled into the jungles to lead a guerilla movement.

By the time of his death in 1998 of a reported heart attack, Khmer Rouge forces numbered little more than 1,000 and the movement soon fell apart.

Tep Khunnal, who was the Khmer Rouge ambassador to the United Nations under Pol Pot, married Mea Som within a year of her husband's death and later served as Malai district governor, according to the Cambodia Daily.

Sar Patchata, in a 2004 interview with the newspaper, said she had fond memories of her father but no ambitions of studying abroad as he had.

At the time, then studying in Sisophon town, she said her goal was to return to Malai district to help her mother and stepfather run their rice mill and guesthouse.

Shortly after seizing Phnom Penh in April 1975, the Khmer Rouge forced an estimated one million people - even hospital patients - out of the capital, herding them en masse into the countryside in an effort to create a communist agrarian utopia.

By the time the bizarre experiment ended in 1979 with a Vietnamese invasion, close to two million people were dead, most from starvation, medical neglect, slave-like working conditions and execution.

Pol Pot's top surviving henchmen, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, are now on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

A verdict in the first phase of their case, focusing on the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh, is due in the coming months.

*with report from the Cambodia Daily

 

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