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Saturday, 14 March, 1998, 09:43 GMT
Cambodia's King advises son, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, to remain in exile

King Sihanouk of Cambodia has warned his son, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, to remain in exile until he is pardoned of charges against him.

The prince, who's announced his intention to return home, has already been convicted on a weapons smuggling charge.

He also faces trial next week, accused of colluding with the outlawed Khmer Rouge.

If Prince Ranariddh returns now, the King said, he will be imprisoned and could put at risk his participation in Cambodia's elections later this year.

Prince Ranariddh has been living in exile in Thailand since being ousted from Cambodia's government by Hun Sen last July.

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