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Senior Khmer Rouge leader charged with war crimes

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Senior Khmer Rouge leader charged with war crimes


The Khmer Rouge’s most senior surviving member has been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity by a UN-backed tribunal in Cambodia. Nuon Chea, known as “Brother Number Two”, was flown to the court in Phnom Penh after being arrested at dawn at his home near the Thai border.

He has repeatedly maintained he has no blood on his hands. His son takes the same view: “I don’t have any idea how he could be involved with the genocide and the deaths of all those people,” said Nuon Say. “We really regret them taking away such a wise man.”

Nuon Chea, 82, is the surviving Khmer Rouge commander thought to be most responsible for the atrocities of the “Killing Fields” in which an estimated 1.7 million people died. He is also widely seen as Pol Pot’s right-hand man.

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