Pol Pot Reportedly Surrenders

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia: As his Khmer Rouge splinters, leader Pol Pot reportedly surrendered today to a group of his former comrades who are holding him so he can be judged by an international tribunal for the genocidal regime he led between 1975 and 1979. At least 1 million Cambodians died during Pol Pot's bloody push to forcibly turn the country back into an agrarian, technologically primitive nation. He has not been seen in public since December 1979, when he went into hiding after Vietnam invaded Cambodia to stop the Khmer Rouge. Last week, Pol Pot reportedly fled his northern stronghold of Anlong Veng with a small band of loyalists after ordering the killing of his former defense minister Son Sen. The breakup of the Khmer Rouge has increased tensions in Cambodia's government split between First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh and Second Prime Minister Hun Sen, with each side battling for the hearts and minds of the estimated 10,000 Khmer Rouge guerrillas whose support could tip the political balance of power. Tensions rose in August, when former Khmer Rouge number two Ieng Sary came down from the hills with 4,000 supporters in exchange for amnesty.