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    Court Frees Cannibal Crematorium Workers

    Two men accused of eating human body parts, washed down with a bottle of wine, have been freed by a Cambodian court after it heard there is no law against cannibalism.

    The two men, both crematorium workers, were arrested last week for eating fingers and toes of a body they were cremating.

    Nhou Thol, a public prosecutor, said: "I ordered the military police to release them late Friday because there is no law to charge them with."

    Military police chief Rath Sreang said police in Banteay Meanchey province, 140 miles (220km) north-west of Phnom Penh, were alerted to the case by villagers, who said the men often ate human parts after relatives of deceased had left the crematorium.

    "The villagers told us they were afraid that when there is nobody to be cremated, the two men will kill their children to eat," Rath Sreang said.

    Eating human parts was common during the 1975-79 Khmer Rouge "killing fields" rule, when an estimated 1.7 million people died from torture, overwork, disease, execution and

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