30 October, 2007

Former Dug Warlord Khun Sa dies in Rangoon

[AP] - Former Dug Warlord Khun Sa dies in Rangoon [Breaking News]

One-time drug warlord Khun Sa, variously described as among the world's most wanted men and a great liberation fighter, has died in Rangoon at the age of 74, an associate and a Burmese official said on Tuesday.
Khuensai Jaiyen, a former secretary of Khun Sa who works with ethnic Shan minority guerrilla groups, said that his former boss died in Rangoon on October 26, according to his relatives. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Khun Sa had long suffered from diabetes, partial paralysis and high blood pressure.

A Burmese official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the death, but said it occurred on Sunday, October 28.

At the height of his notoriety, Khun Sa presided over a veritable narcotics kingdom, carved out of the jungle and complete with satellite television, schools and surface-to-air missiles in the Golden Triangle region where Burma, Thailand and Laos meet.


Anonymous said...

No justice has been done as I am sure his family are left with bank accounts and property in Singapore and New Zealand, as per Ne Win, and elsewhere no doubt. When will western countries actually do something about these parasites????

Anonymous said...

Khun Sa allegedly paid the Burmese generals US$500 million for exemption from being extradited to the US some 20 yrs ago. This was the profit he received for one boulder of jade from one of his jade mines, sold to Taiwan. This is why the Generals do not wish to pass control to democracy! Any "talks" happening now are lip service. The money generated to the military from jade and opium are beyond belief - why would they concede?????