Chea, the chief ideologue of the communist Khmer Rouge regime that destroyed a generation of Cambodians, has died at the age of 93.
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) spokesman Neth Pheaktra announced on Sunday that former Khmer Rouge Brother Number Two Nuon
Chea has passed away.
Khmer Rouge 'brother number two' Nuon
Chea died Sunday aged 93, a spokesman for the Cambodia tribunal where he was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity told AFP.
Chea, 92, and Khieu Samphan, 87, both held senior positions in Cambodia's Khymer Rouge.
16 (Saba) - A UN court in Cambodia convicted Nuon
Chea, 92, and former president Khieu Samphan, 87, of crimes against humanity and genocide against Muslims and Vietnamese and sentenced to life imprisonment.
The Khmer Rouge's former head of state Khieu Samphan, 87, and "Brother Number 2" Nuon
Chea, 92, are the two most senior living members of the ultra-Maoist group that seized control of Cambodia from 1975-1979.
David Scheffer, the UN Special Expert on UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, said last week that human rights abusers should 'take note' of the verdict on Nuon
Chea and Khieu Samphan.
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Khieu Samphan, 83, and Nuon
Chea, 88, were convicted for their part in the Killing Fields genocide during dictator Pol Pot's reign of terror in Cambodia in the 1970s.