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Surviving Tuol Sleng Prisoner Tells the “Khmer Rouge Prisonership” of the King Father

Posted by khmernews on March 14, 2008

Boreaksoram Chey

Angkar gave the King Father and the Queen Mother 4 grams of rice and a piece of dried fish per day and made them water Independence Monument gardens
A former Khmer Rouge prisoner in Tuol Sleng prison, directed by Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, has recently told Sakal News in Phnom Penh that he was a surviving witness by claiming that the King Father Norodom Sihanouk had really been one of the Khmer Rouge prisoners too, not the leader of the so-called Khmer Rouge regime.

In his letter sent to journalists, Vuthin Vutha- now 55 and residing in Kandal province- was in charge of delivering food and other materials to the Khmer Rouge soldiers in late 1975. “In late 1975, I was in charge of offering food and materials,” he said, adding that he saw the provision of 4 grams of rice and a piece of dried fish.

In the letter, Vutha pointed out that at that time the Angkar had made the prince (Norodom Sihanouk) leave the royal palace and go to Independence Monument everyday. “I shouldered water for the prince to sprinkle the flowers. When he came to water the flowers, the prince told me “You go to Peking with me,” said Vutha in the letter. “I said, “Let me think first,”” he said.

“Seven days later, Pol Pot ordered to have me imprisoned and accused me of stealing food and helping shoulder water for the King Father. A photo the prince gave me was confiscated and torn apart,” claimed Vuthin Vutha in the letter.

He was imprisoned in Tuol Sleng for a while and released to work excessively, and in 1979 he fled to Cambodian-Thai border.

Lastly, Vutha maintained that he was not intended to show that he was a victim of Tuol Sleng prison, but his main purpose was to clarify that the King Father and the Queen Mother were the Khmer Rouge prisoners during the Pol Pot’s regime and that they were starved and forced to work like other slaves of the Black-Shirt Angkar.

In his book “Prisoners of the Khmer Rouge” in the 90s, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, King Father of the Kingdom of Cambodia, stated that he was a victim of the Khmer Rouge regime and that many of his royal families were ruthlessly killed by the Black-Shirt Khmer Rouge.

Unofficial Translation
-Extracted from Sakal, vol. 15, #3188, Friday-Thursday, March 7-13, 2008.

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