Khieu Samphan

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Khieu Samphan
Khieu Samphan 2014.jpg
President of the State Presidium of Democratic Kampuchea
In office
April 11, 1976 – January 7, 1979
Leader Pol Pot
Preceded by Norodom Sihanouk
Succeeded by Post abolished
Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea
Acting
In office
April 4, 1976 – April 14, 1976
President Norodom Sihanouk
himself
Preceded by Penn Nouth
Succeeded by Pol Pot
Personal details
Born (1931-07-27) 27 July 1931 (age 86)
Svay Rieng, French Indochina
Political party Communist Party
Other political
affiliations
Sangkum (1958-1967)
Spouse(s) So Socheat[1]
Religion Buddhism[2]

Khieu Samphan (Khmer: ខៀវ សំផន; born July 27, 1931)[3] is a former Cambodian communist politician. He was the president of the state of Democratic Kampuchea (Cambodia) from 1976 until 1979.

He was one of the most powerful officials in the Khmer Rouge movement, although Pol Pot remained the General Secretary (highest official) in the party.

Samphan is the second oldest living former Khmer Rouge leader, alongside Nuon Chea. On August 7, 2014, they were convicted and received life sentences for crimes against humanity during the Cambodian Genocide.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mrs. SO Socheat". eccc.gov.kh. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  2. "ជនជាប់ចោទ នួន ជា និង ខៀវ សំផន ក៏ទទួលទេវតាឆ្នាំថ្មីដែរ" (in Khmer). Radio France Internationale. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  3. "KHIEU Samphan". Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  4. McKirdy, Euan (7 August 2014). "Top Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of crimes against humanity, sentenced to life in prison". CNN. Retrieved 7 August 2014.