Widow calls France to account for Boun-Hor death

19 July 2004 by our correspondent

Will light ever be shed on events leading to the disappearance in April 1975 of the former president of the Cambodian national assembly Ung Boun-Hor, who was forced to leave his refuge at the French Embassy in Khmer Rouge-occupied Phnom Penh?

His widow, Billon Ung Boun-Hor, a French national since 1976 and chairwoman of the association Victims of the Genocide of the Khmer Rouge, has renewed hopes. There has been significant legal headway in her 1999 complaint for her husband's illegal detention and torture against persons unknown. In particular, it could provide answers to the role played in his disappearance by the French government, which is suspected of handing over Boun-Hor to the Khmer Rouge. On 4 March 2004, the advisory committee on French national defence secrets ruled in favour of declassifying several confidential documents from the DST, the French counter-espionage services. This followed a request filed in August 2003 by the judge who first heard the complaint at the court of Créteil in south-east Paris.

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