A Cambodian general said Sunday he was checking reports that Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge's top leaders were captured in Thailand by renegade members of their own guerrilla faction.
Gen. Meas Sophea told reporters in the northern city of Siem Reap that the news had been broadcast on Thailand television, but added he had yet to confirm it himself.He said that besides former rebel leader Pol Pot, current Khmer Rouge leader Ta Mok and several commanders were also captured.
"I have been told that not just Ta Mok but all the Khmer Rouge leadership were with him," said Meas Sophea, the Cambodian Army's deputy chief of staff.
Ta Mok toppled Pol Pot a year ago and placed him under house arrest. Under Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime, as many as 2 million Cambodians perished from forced labor, disease and systematic executions between 1975 and 1979.
The report came a day after the Cambodian government said its troops had captured Anlong Veng, sending the guerrillas fleeing toward Thailand.
Also Saturday, Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk made a low-key return to his homeland after spending three months in China.