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Pol Pot’s Brother Dead

May 19, 1997

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) _ A brother of Pol Pot, the leader of the communist Khmer Rouge guerrilla movement, has died in Phnom Penh, a relative said Monday.

Saloth Suong, 88, died of natural causes May 9. Only his relatives and close friends were informed of funeral arrangements, his daughter Sisowath Khemavaddey said.

Saloth Suong lived in misery during his brother’s 1975-79 regime. As many as 2 million Cambodians are believed to have died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge.

Last year, when Pol Pot _ whose real name is Saloth Sar _ was rumored to be dead, Saloth Suong said he hoped his younger brother would not be a communist in his next life.

``May you be peaceful in death,″ said Saloth Suong, telling how he would pray for his brother. ``Do not be a communist in the next life, or you will be in trouble again.″

None of Pol Pot’s close relatives are known to have met him since he went underground in the 1960s. He is believed to be directing the remnants of his movement’s forces from its stronghold in northern Cambodia.

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