Nuon Chea: Khmer Rouge's unrepentant 'Brother Number Two'
Published on Aug 7, 2014 1:30 PM
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Considered the chief ideologue of the Khmer Rouge, Nuon Chea - arrogant, intimidating, and above all unrepentant - was seen as a key architect of the regime's killing machine.
Once leader Pol Pot's most trusted deputy, the 88-year-old was on Thursday sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity, three decades after the era of the "Killing Fields" - one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.
Wheelchair-bound, the man known as "Brother Number Two" wore his trademark sunglasses in the dock as the judge pronounced the verdict.
Arrested in September 2007, Nuon Chea had denied a role in the killings, telling judges he was mainly in charge of educating fellow cadres.
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