Khmer Rouge No 2 in denial to the end

Money glitz | 6 Aug 2019

Nuon Chea, the chief ideologue of the communist Khmer Rouge regime that destroyed a generation of Cambodians, has died. He was 93.

Nuon Chea was known as Brother No 2, the right-hand man of Pol Pot, the leader of the regime that ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. The group's fanatical efforts to realize a utopian society led to the deaths of some 1.7 million people - more than a quarter of the country's population at the time - from starvation, disease, overwork and executions.

Researchers believe Nuon Chea was responsible for the extremist policies of the Khmer Rouge and was involved in its executions. He was serving life in prison after convictions by the UN-backed tribunal on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

But Nuon Chea never admitted his guilt.

At the trials, he told a court that he and his comrades were not bad people, denying responsibility for any deaths.


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