A Change of Guard

សូមស្តាប់វិទ្យុសង្គ្រោះជាតិ Please read more Khmer news and listen to CNRP Radio at National Rescue Party. សូមស្តាប់វីទ្យុខ្មែរប៉ុស្តិ៍/Khmer Post Radio.
Follow Khmerization on Facebook/តាមដានខ្មែរូបនីយកម្មតាម Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/khmerization.khmerican

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Did Angelina Jolie knowingly pay $25,000 to a Cambodian mass murderer for a piece of land?

Benefactor: Ms Jolie with partner Brad Pitt and their adopted Cambodian son Maddox, who she named her charitable foundation after

By Daily Mail Reporter
25th October 2011
Read original article and see more pictures on Daily Mail Online.

Angelina Jolie has been accused of paying a former member of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime $25,000 for two plots of land.

The actress, who runs a charity in Cambodia, is said to have bought the land from Ta Tith, a former leader of the Khmer Rouge which was responsible for genocide in the late 1970s.

Ta Tith is one of three Khmer Rouge leaders wanted by the United Nations for crimes against humanity.

Spokeswoman: Angelina Jolie, 36, has Cambodian citizenship and runs a charitable foundation in the country, where she shot this Louis Vuitton ad

A former employee of Ms Jolie told the Global Post that the actress directed him to buy two plots of land, totalling 225 acres, for more than $25,000 from Ta Tith in 2002.

Ms Jolie adopted her eldest child, Maddox, from a Cambodian orphanage the same year.

The actress, who was awarded Cambodian citizenship in 2005, runs the charitable Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation from a district called Samlot - a former hotbed of the Khmer Rouge-controlled Cambodian communist party.

It is in that area that she is said to bought the land.

A local government administrator confirmed that the land had been controlled by the Khmer Rouge, and that Tith was badly in need of cash when he allegedly sold it to Ms Jolie.
Proud mother: Ms Jolie adopted her son Maddox from Cambodia in 2002

Proud mother: Ms Jolie adopted her son Maddox from Cambodia in 2002

The administrator said: 'The Prime Minister had given the land in this area to former Democratic Kampuchea (the Communist party run by the Khmer Rouge soldiers) and Tith sold the land to her because he badly needed money'

He said: 'She has title of ownership.'

Ms Jolie's former employee, Mounh Sarath, openly admits that he and the actress are no longer on good terms, as they have been in dispute over contract obligations of more than $1.5million for five years.

Hitting the mall: Angelina Jolie, with her children Shiloh and Pax, goes shopping in Budapest yesterday

However he alleges that he is certain Ms Jolie had at least a vague understanding of Tith's role within the Khmer Rouge when she bought the land.

'She knows that Tith and everybody are the Khmer Rouge,' Mr Sarath told the Global Post.

'We talked like we have to, like Mr Tith is a big man there and he's very important person. ... So she knows that,' Mr Sarath said.

Complicated borders: The area in the red box is where her foundation is located

Complex country: Ms Jolie's foundation operates from the area in the red box, on Cambodia's border with Thailand

Terror: Skulls in a memorial museum in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh. More than 1.4million people were killed during the Khmer Rouge regime

Since the purchase of the land nine years ago, Tith's role in the Khmer Rouge has become much clearer.

In 2009, the United Nations charged him with crimes against humanity between 1977 and 1979, linking him closely with 13 specific incidents.

Court documents say that Tith was the commander in charge of an area of Cambodia where nearly 600,000 people died under the Khmer rule.

There was no response from Ms Jolie's publicist when contacted by MailOnline.


Anonymous said...

I dont see what she did was wrong. She bought it like anybody that has money bought land. I think the guy trying to create a bad name for her. She has done nothing wrong but helping people. God will take care good people like her.

Anonymous said...

Yes, she bought it legitimiately but according to the article she knew that the previous owner was a Khmer Rouge leader so people are questioning why she bought it from an alleged mass murderer. For me, it is nothing wrong because she bought it legitimately. People should be so angry with Hun Sen who gave the land to this alleged mass murderer in the first place.