Mourners pay last respects to Khmer Rouge leader

Pailin – Former Khmer Rouge cadres and relatives paid their final respects to “Brother No. 2” Nuon Chea yesterday, ahead of a cremation ceremony in Cambodia for the man considered the chief ideologue of the murderous regime.

Nuon Chea, once the most trusted deputy of leader Pol Pot, died on Sunday in a Phnom Penh hospital at age 93.

His death comes less than a year after he was sentenced to life in prison by a United Nations-backed tribunal for genocide against ethnic minority groups, for which he remained unrepentant up until the end of his life.

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