PHNOM PENH (AP)-The Khmer Rouge accused U.N. officials last week of stalling an investigation
into the shooting death of one of their guerrilla leaders and vowed revenge, a U.N.
San Bouen, a well-known Khmer Rouge leader in Sandan village, was hunted down by
17 government soldiers and shot in the back of the head on Aug. 1, said spokesman
Eric Falt. The soldiers, he said, claimed they were acting on orders from their commanders.
U.N. military observers in the area, about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) north of the
town Kratie, received two letters on Aug. 17 accusing them of inaction and warning
of retaliation against government troops, Falt said.
"They threatened to take revenge themselves," he said. "It could mean
confrontation in that area."
Kratie, which is 160 kilometers northeast of Phnom Penh, is primarily under Phnom
Penh government control, Falt said.
Falt said investigators already had learned that the Khmer Rouge leader apparently
knew he was being targeted because he was hiding out in the forest near Sandan village.
When the government soldiers took San Bouen's wife hostage, the Khmer Rouge leader
gave himself up and was shot, he said.
However, said Falt, U.N. officials are still investigating and in the meantime the
U.N. military observers in that area would try to ease the situation.