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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.

This handout file photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Aug 31, 2011 shows former Khmer Rouge leader "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea in the courtroom at the ECCC in Phnom Penh. "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea, 88, and former head of state Khieu Samphan, 83, were jailed for life on Aug 7, 2014 after being found guilty of crimes against humanity. -- PHOTO: AFP
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