NVA/PL DETENTION CAMP ESTABLISHED FOR CIVILIAN AND MILITARY PERSONNEL CAPTURED

Created: 6/3/1971

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COUNTRY LAOS/NORTH

MAY

SUBJECT NVA/PL OETENMON CAMP ESTABLISHED FOR CIVILIAN AND

MILITARY PERSONNEL CAPTURED DURING THE NVA/PL

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1. IN1 THE NORTH VIETNAMESE ARMY /NVA/ AIL PATHET LAO /PL/ FORCES SETETENTION CENTER FOR CIVILIAN AND LAO ARMED FORCES /FAR/ PRISONERS CAPTl'RED DURING THE NVA/PL OFFENSIVES AGAINST PAKSONGND THE SURROUNDING AREA. TKt DETENTION CENTER VASUNGLE AREAOFFEE PLANTATION IN THE VICINITY OF PHOU /MOUNTAIN/ PHIAMAY,ILOMETERS /KMS/ NORTHEAST OF PAKSONG.

BATTLE /OB/ LISTINGS, THERE HAS BEEN NO PRIOR REPORTINGRISON IN THE PHOU PHI AWAY AREA./

2. EARLY IN THE HORNING OFAY NVA TROOPS ASSEMBLEDALE VILLAGERS IN BAN PHAKKOUT,MS EAST OF PAKSE AND MS WEST OF PAKSONG, TIED THE VILLAGERS* ARMS TOGETHER AT THE ELBOWS WITH ROPES AND LED THE VILLAGERS TO THE PHOU PHIAMAY DETENTION CENTER.

TWO NVA SOLDIERS WERE ASSIGNED TO ESCORT THE VILLAGERS TO PHOU PHIAMAY AND THEY ARRIVED THERE ON THE LATE EVENING OFAY. WHILE ENROUTE TO THE DETENTION CAMP, THE MEN OBSERVED SEVERAL SMALL NVA UNITS ARMED WITHIFLES0 ROCKET LAUNCHERS. AT ONE POINT THEY OBSERVED WHAT APPEAREO TO BE TANK TRACKS MOVING OFF THE TRAIL AND INTO THE JUNGLE.

I COYEST. '7 CAMP SAID THAT HE HAD OBSERVED SIX NVA TANKS WHEN HE WAS BEING TAKEN TO THE CAMP ONMAY./

3. ONAYRISONERS CAPTURED AT PAKSONG WERE BROUGHT TO THE CAMP. THESE PRISONERS INCLUDED SEVERAL MEN

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from the paksong operation brotherhood hospital, severaland local residents of paksong. during isprisoners from areas surrounding paksong werethe camp. the total number of prisoners at thef whom were far personnel. the prisoners sleptground while at the camp and were not tied at anythere. they were guardedotating guardfour pl kha laven soldiers. the prisoners were feddried fish, rice and papaya twicecomment.

both men claimed that their diet was not adequate. however, they were in good physical condition when they arrived iii pakse./ none of thf prisoners were mistreated while at the detention camp.

4. during the first four days at the camp the prisoners attended political indoctrination lectures which were presented

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POLITICAL LECTURES DEALT WITH THE PL SYSTEMHISTORY OF THE PL REVOLUTION AND THE PURPOSEORGANIZATION. THE PRISONERS WERE TOLD THAT PAKSONGIN ORDER TO PERSUADE PRIME MINISTER TO. BOMBINGS IN LAOS. IF THE BOMBING DIDTHE NVA/PL WOULD CAPTURE PAKSEURTHERA BOMBING HALT. AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THE FOUR-DAY

POLITICAL INDOCTRINATION, THE PRISONERS WERE LEFT TOWITH ORUERJ NOT TO LEAVE THE DETENTION CAMP.

AY ALL OF THE PRISONERS, WITH THETHE FAR PERSONNEL, WERE RELEASED AND TOLD TO RETURNHOMES. THE FAR SOLDIERS WERE TOLD THAT THEY WOULDIN TWO DAYS. THE PRISONERS RESIDING OUTSIDEBUT IN NVA/PL CONTROLLED AREAS WERE INSTRUCTEDTRAVEL PASSES FROM THE DISTRICT CHIEF OR HIS DEPUTY COMMENT*

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DID NOT GO TO PAKSONG BUT INSTEAD WALKEDUNLOCATED/ AND FROM THERE WALKED TO KMTHEY MET FAR SOLDIERS. THEY DID NOT OBSERVETROOPS ALONG THEIR ROUTE./. WHILE AT THE DETENTIONPRISONERS WERE INFORMEDL GUARD THATCAPTURED DURING THE ATTACK ON PAKSONGRISON CAMP NEAR BAN LASIA /UNLOCATED/ INNGAMREA. MAY

POSSIBLY BE REFERRING TO BA DAXIA GNAI AT6 OR BAN DAXIA NOY AT HOWEVER, OB LISTINGS DO NOT CONFIRM PRISONS IN EITHER THE6 OR3.

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