Former Khmer Rouge cadres and kin paid their closing respects to “Brother Quantity Two” Nuon Chea on Friday, forward of a cremation ceremony in Cambodia for the person thought of the chief ideologue of the murderous regime.
Nuon Chea, as soon as probably the most trusted deputy of chief Pol Pot, died Sunday in a Phnom Penh hospital at age 93.
His demise comes lower than a yr after he was sentenced to life in jail by a UN-backed tribunal for genocide towards ethnic minority teams, for which he remained unrepentant up till the tip of his life.
Members of the family, comrades and mates lit incense and prayed subsequent to his chilled coffin at a temple in western Pailin province, the place he might be cremated later Friday.
They knelt on rattan rugs subsequent to a portrait of an aged Nuon Chea sporting his trademark outsized sun shades.
However even in demise, his chequered legacy couldn’t be ignored.
“The allegations towards him are so unjust. No leaders would kill their very own individuals, in any other case they do not have individuals to steer,” his daughter Ly Bunthoeun informed AFP.
“He didn’t commit such (killings). He already defined at courtroom,” she added, talking on the Buddhist temple her father helped to construct within the former Khmer Rouge stronghold close to the Thai border.
The reign of terror led by “Brother Quantity One” Pol Pot left some two million Cambodians useless from overwork, hunger and mass executions from 1975 to 1979.
Nuon Chea was not arrested till 2007. He was convicted alongside former titular head of state Khieu Samphan, who’s interesting his sentence.
They’re amongst only a handful of former Khmer Rouge leaders to face justice in a rustic the place deep divisions stay over the legacy of the murderous regime.
“Many different senior Khmer Rouge leaders have been spared their day in courtroom,” Human Rights Watch stated this week, calling on Prime Minister Hun Sen to push for extra prosecutions.
However Hun Sen — himself a former Khmer Rouge cadre — has come out towards any additional instances, claiming it might plunge the nation into instability.
Pol Pot, who needed to remodel Buddhist-majority Cambodia into an agrarian Marxist utopia, died in 1998 with out dealing with trial.
A whole bunch are anticipated to attend Nuon Chea’s cremation in a while Friday.
Nuon Chea’s spouse Ly Kim Seng stated he died with a message of peace for his household.
“He suggested youngsters to like one another, to not argue,” she stated.