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Hun Sen Sees Son Graduate West Point

From Times Wire Reports

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen attended his son’s graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., a visit that some objected to because of human rights abuses by the former Khmer Rouge fighter. Hun Manet, who was among 934 cadets receiving diplomas, became the first Cambodian to graduate from West Point. The government’s decision to grant Hun Sen a visa to watch his 21-year-old son graduate sparked some protests in Congress. Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman (R-N.Y.), who attended the ceremony, said he was concerned about how Hun Sen deposed a co-prime minister in 1997 in a bloody coup that left dozens of people dead. But Gilman added: “As a father, I guess he’s certainly entitled to be here.”


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