Prince Sihanouk, the former Cambodian leader now in exile in Peking, was yesterday (Sunday) sentenced to death in his absence by a Phnom Penh military tribunal.
Prince Sihanouk, the former Cambodian leader now in exile in Peking, was yesterday (Sunday) sentenced to death in his absence by a Phnom Penh military tribunal. His trial on charges of treason in his own country coincided with the release of film showing Prince Sihanouk being honoured by the Chinese -- he was given a place of honour beside Mao Tse Tung at a gigantic rally in Peking.
Prince Sihanouk had just formed his Cambodian government in exile when he was filmed with Chinese leaders on the rostrum at Peking's Gate of Heavenly Peace. The Prince and Chairman Mao received an ecstatic reception from the sea of people filling the square in front of the gate.
From Peking, Prince Sihanouk has pledged himself to overthrow the administration which ousted him from power last March.
Meanwhile, in Phnom Penh a five-man military tribunal has been hearing evidence against Prince Sihanouk on several crimes against the state -- including charges of treason and attempting to overthrow the new government.
At the end of the three-day hearing, the tribunal's President, Supreme Court Judge Men Kin San, said that Prince Sihanouk had allowed the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese into Cambodia and that death was the only possible penalty.
The court also ordered the confiscation of the former leader's property and revoked his Cambodian citizenship.