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Khun Sa

49 years of war for Asia's forgotten army

With a phalanx of orange-robed monks seated behind him and a battalion of peasant soldiers in front, Colonel Yawd Serk rose to address his people in their mountain-top fortress on Myanmar's side of the border with Thailand.

Friday, 15 December, 2006, 12:00am

Khun Sa warriors reunite to face junta

Feared warriors who once fought for notorious drug warlord Khun Sa have reunited in a 15,000-strong guerilla army to confront the military regime in Rangoon.

The move is expected to lead to an upsurge in the bitter fighting that has already resulted in many scores of civilians being killed in retaliation by the junta.

15 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Drugs keep junta afloat as traffickers prosper

The Burmese junta repeatedly claims it is taking steps to stem the massive outflow of heroin and opium from its borders.

Yet in recent years the country has been enjoying much greater profits from drug sales than ever before, according to a recent report by the United States Embassy in Rangoon.

22 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Jungle tales steeped in the occult

Journalist Tiziano Terzani - the Far East correspondent for Der Spiegel - is perhaps best known for his reportage on the mainland in the mid-1980s, which so irritated the authorities that they expelled him.

This turned out to be the world's good luck, as it prompted him to write the thought-provoking Behind the Forbidden Wall.

4 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Make money, not war, say former rebels

As smuggling towns go, Taunggyi, capital of the wild Shan State, must be one of the most successful.

Its population boasts of new-found riches from trade and its black market and shops display the results - a wider range of commodities, it seems, than can be found even in Rangoon.

13 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Khun Sa daughter cash claim

A Thai woman accused of helping opium warlord Khun Sa retain $33 million in drug trafficking proceeds told a court yesterday that she was his daughter.

Apawee Apitummakoob, 40, also told Eastern Court that the cash was for political contributions in 1990 and 1991 to the Shan Liberation Army in Burma.

24 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Drug trading charge

A woman accused of helping opium warlord Khun Sa retain $33 million in drug trafficking proceeds appeared at Eastern Court. The case against Apawee Apitummakoob, 40, was adjourned to August 23. She was released on $200,000 bail.

13 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Game's up for king of the poppy fields

A THAI journalist who visited the headquarters of the 'world's most dangerous man' about 10 days ago found Khun Sa in a fit of deep depression. The opium warlord had normally been only too happy to strut about his fiefdom for the benefit of passing reporters or curious Westerners.

8 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

No extradition

KUALA LUMPUR: Washington lost its bid to extradite a Thai merchant wanted in the United States for drug trafficking. Malaysia's High Court ordered Lin Chien Pang, 53, freed after ruling that there was insufficient evidence to back allegations linking him to drug warlord Khun Sa, but he was re-arrested on a passport charge.

12 Jan 1993 - 12:00am