Sat, 05 Mar 2005
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Former communist chief turns to courts

MALAYSIA: Exiled guerrilla Chin Peng, who led a communist insurgency in Malaysia some five decades ago, asked a court on Friday to allow him to return to his homeland to live out his remaining days.

A lawyer for 80-year-old Chin Peng -- who lives in neighboring Thailand -- filed an application in the High Court of northern Penang state.

Chin Peng no longer poses a political threat to the government in Malaysia, one of the region's wealthiest, most stable societies. But the insurgency he waged remains a bitter memory to older Malaysians, and the government has little to gain by permitting him to return.

The petition claims the government is required to let Chin Peng return under the terms of a treaty signed with the rebels in 1989, said his lawyer, Darshan Singh Khaira. -- AP





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