Nuon Chea, Top Khmer Rouge Leader, Dies At 93 While Serving Life Sentence

8/5/2019

Nuon Chea, who served as Pol Pot's chief lieutenant during Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s, has died at 93, according to a UN tribunal that found him guilty last year of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

He was known as "Brother No. 2" after Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, who ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. Nuon Chea was considered one of the chief architects of the regime's campaign to forcibly restructure the country along agrarian lines — a policy that led to the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people through executions, starvation, disease, and overwork.

Nuon Chea, along with the Khmer Rouge head of state, Khieu Samphan, were found guilty in November of genocide by the UN-assisted tribunal. During last year's trial, where he was sentenced to life in prison, Nuon Chea was reportedly suffering unspecified heart problems and high blood pressure.

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