A Phnom Penh Municipal court judge set December 12 as the trial date for former Khmer
Rouge commander Sam Bith. He is accused of involvement in a 1994 train ambush in
Kampot which left 13 Cambodians dead. Three foreign tourists were also kidnapped
and later killed. Bith was arrested in May 2002. Among the charges is that of premeditated
murder. His lawyer, Ka Savuth, was optimistic his client would go free, as he claimed
he was not present during the attack.