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Taken Questions
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 27, 2003
Question Taken at June 27, 2003 Press Briefing

Laos: Upcoming Trial of U.S. Citizen (Taken Question)

Question:    Any comment on freelance Belgian reporter Thierry Falise, French cameraman Vincent Reynaud and American pastor Naw Karl Mua's arrests and upcoming trial in Laos next week?

Answer:    The United States has been in repeated contact with the Lao officials on behalf of U.S. citizen Naw Karl Mua, who is expected to go on trial Monday along with two others who are French and Belgian nationals in connection with the death of a Lao citizen.

We have not been informed of the specific charges against Mr. Mua.

We have been granted consular access to Mr. Mua, and U.S. Ambassador Douglas Hartwick also saw him today. Ambassador Hartwick and one of our consular officers will attend the trial, which will be held in Phonsavan, Xieng Khouang province.

Our Embassy in Vientiane has also been in close contact with diplomatic representatives working on behalf of the two European nationals.

Department of State and U.S. Embassy officials are in frequent touch with Mr. Mua's family in the United States.

Released on June 27, 2003

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