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2 Journalists and U.S. Clergyman Are Reported Held in Laos

Two European journalists and an American of Laotian origin are being detained on possible criminal charges in Laos, where they had been reporting on the last, almost-forgotten conflict of the Indochina war, that country’s government said on Saturday. A Laotian official said that the three were arrested on June 4 and that they could be charged in connection with the killing of a village security guard by local fighters. The three men were reportedly seized after they emerged from a remote jungle where they went to meet a band of ethnic Hmong hill tribe fighters who have continued armed resistance since the Communist victory in 1975. The Hmong fighters are the sons and grandsons of the men enlisted by the C.I.A. in America’s “secret war” in Laos and were left on their own when the Indochina war came to an end that year in Vietnam and Cambodia as well as Laos. Diplomats in the capital, Vientiane, said they had not been allowed to visit the detained men and had not been informed of any charges against them. Full Story

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