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Charges Dropped Against Hmong Hero, the Backstory




(11 May 2000) Former Hmong general Vang Pao with Lao veterans after laying a wreath at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC, marking the 25th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War in Laos.
(11 May 2000) Former Hmong general Vang Pao with Lao veterans after laying a wreath at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC, marking the 25th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War in Laos.
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AP: A federal grand jury in California investigating an alleged plot to overthrow the government of Laos is dropping charges against a leading figure in the nation's Hmong community. U.S. Attorney Lawrence Brown says charges have been dropped against 79-year-old Vang Pao, a former Laotian general who assisted American troops during the Vietnam War and is considered a hero by Hmong refugees living in the U.S.

Last year, we ran a profile of Vang Pao produced by his great niece, then-KPCC reporter Doualy Xaykaothao.