Nuon Chea

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Nuon Chea
Nuon Chea on trial.
President of the Standing Committee of the Kampuchean People's Representative Assembly
In office
13 April 1976 – 7 January 1979
PresidentKhieu Samphan
Prime MinisterPol Pot
DeputyChhit Choeun
LeaderPol Pot (General Secretary)
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea
In office
27 September 1976 – 25 October 1976
PresidentKhieu Samphan
LeaderPol Pot (General Secretary)
Preceded byPol Pot
Succeeded byPol Pot
Personal details
Lau Kim Lorn

(1926-07-07)7 July 1926
Voat Kor, Battambang, French Indochina (now Cambodia)
DiedAugust 4, 2019(2019-08-04) (aged 93)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Political partyCommunist Party
Spouse(s)Ly Kimseng[1]
ChildrenNuon Say,[2] 2 other children[1]
Alma materThammasat University

Nuon Chea (Khmer: នួន ជា; 7 July 1926 – 4 August 2019[3]) also known as Long Bunruot (Khmer: ឡុង ប៊ុនរត្ន), was a Cambodian former communist politician.

Nuon Chea was the oldest living former Prime Minister (serving for a month) and the oldest of the last surviving Khmer Rouge leaders. He was the chief ideologist of the Khmer Rouge Regime and second in command of bloody Khmer Rouge regime he presided over.

Criminal charges[change | change source]

He received a life sentence for his crimes against humanity, alongside another top-tier Khmer Rouge leader, Khieu Samphan. Further trial convicted him of the crimes of genocide in November 2018.

He died while appealing his sentences. His lawyers' demands for the removal of his guilty convictions upon his death failed and guilty verdicts stand[1].

Death[change | change source]

Nuon Chea died on 4 August 2019 at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh, aged 93.[4] He had been hospitalized since July 2 for the lack of blood-flow to his toe which turned black and caused septic shock which led to death.

Chea's circulation was not delivering blood properly to his toe. Lack of proper circulation brought infection of his toe which eventually killed him most likely by causing sepsis of blood and eventual multiple organs failure.[5] His body was later brought to Sala Krau, Pailin, before cremation in accordance with Buddhist tradition, a religion he persecuted.[6][7]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Provisional Detention Order (Ordonnance de placement en détention provisoire), Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, retrieved 7 August 2009 Archived 15 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Top Khmer Rouge leader arrested in Cambodia". 19 September 2007. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  3. "NUON Chea". Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  4. "Nuon Chea, ideologue of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, dies at 93". Bangkok Post. 4 August 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  5. Khuon, Narim; Khy, Sovuthy (5 August 2019). "Brother Number 2 Nuon Chea dies at 93". Khmer Times. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  6. Voun, Dara (6 August 2019). "Brother No 2 Nuon Chea's body taken to Pailin". The Phnom Penh Post. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  7. Top Khmer leader Nuon Chea dies Archived 2019-08-06 at the Wayback Machine Manila Times