Khieu Samphan

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Khieu Samphan
President of the State Presidium of Democratic Kampuchea
In office
April 11, 1976 – January 7, 1979
LeaderPol Pot
Preceded byNorodom Sihanouk
Succeeded byPost abolished
Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea
In office
April 4, 1976 – April 14, 1976
PresidentNorodom Sihanouk
Preceded byPenn Nouth
Succeeded byPol Pot
Personal details
Born (1931-07-27) 27 July 1931 (age 92)
Svay Rieng, French Indochina
Political partyCommunist Party
Other political
Sangkum (1958-1967)
Spouse(s)So Socheat[1]

Khieu Samphan (Khmer: ខៀវ សំផន; born July 27, 1931)[2] 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.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mrs. SO Socheat". Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  2. "KHIEU Samphan". Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  3. 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.