Off-Ramp for September 19, 2009

Charges Dropped Against Hmong Hero, the Backstory

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(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.

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.


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