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November 30, 2000

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A Rogues' Gallery

After the split, will the Khmer Rouge turn on itself? Here are the known allegiances of the group's leaders:


Loyalists

Pol Pot, 68. French-educated, known as Brother No. 1. Was rumored to have died in early June and have been buried in Phnom Malai. Others say he is alive in Anlong Veng, now the main loyalist redoubt. Last seen in Pailin in March, looking well.

Noun Chea. Brother No. 2. An alumni of Bangkok's Thammasat University. Was deputy secretary during the 1975-1979 KR regime. The party's key theoretician, is even more secretive than Pol Pot. KR radio says he lives in the Malai area along with Son Sen and Khieu Samphan (see below).

Ta "Grandfather" Mok. Would be second to Noun Chea if Pol Pot were dead. Controls Khmer Rouge forces in northern Cambodia, with connections in Thailand's Surin province. Lost a leg to a mine. Executed the ruthless party purges during KR rule.

Mitr Nikorn. Hard-line commander of Division 320, near Pailin. May be related to both Pol Pot and Son Sen.

So Hong. Distant nephew of Pol Pot, he is chairman of KR political commission. Believed to operate in the Malai area.

Breakaways

Ieng Sary, 67. King Norodom Sihanouk once described him as his "worst enemy." Brother-in-law of Pol Pot, deputy prime minister and foreign minister in KR government. Arrogant and deadly. Summoned the diplomatic corps home in 1975, after which most were murdered.

Sok Pheap. Division 450 commander in the Malai area. Has not revealed whether or not Pol Pot is buried there, as rumored.

Mitr Chhean. Division 415 commander in Pailin area. In June explicitly denied talk of Pol Pot's death.

Allegiance Unknown

Khieu Samphan, 67. French-educated, his thesis provided ideological basis for the Khmer Rouge. Studious and humorless, was appointed prime minister of KR government in 1979. Has the highest international profile among the KR leaders. Sends faxes to Sihanouk. One recently warned of an assassination plot.

Son Sen. Military rival of Ta Mok. Also French-educated. As KR minister of defense, ran main torture center. Was blamed for scorched-earth tactics in western Cambodia since late 1994.

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