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Khmer Rouge "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea, Pol Pot's top surviving henchman, was arrested on Wednesday at his house on the Thai border and taken to Phnom Penh to face the U.N. "Killing Fields" tribunal for the first time.
A terse, two-sentence statement by the $56 million (28 million pound) court said the octogenarian communist guerrilla would "be informed of the charges which have been brought against him" -- in all likelihood genocide or crimes against humanity.
In 2001, a research group at American University compiled and released a report co-authored by Cambodian scholar Steve Heder and international humanitarian law expert Brain Tittemore pointing out seven likely candidates for prosecution -- Nuon Chea, better known as Brother No. 2; Ieng Sary, foreign minister in the Khmer Rouge regime; Khieu Samphan, head of state; Ta Mok, military chief; Ke Pauk, a regional military chief who died last year; and Sou Met and Meas Mut, military chairmen who reportedly played direct roles in the arrest and transfer of Cambodians for interrogation and execution.
Originally posted by FredT
No punishment is fit for a butcher of this magnitude.
Known as "Brother Number Three", Ieng Sary is Pol Pot's brother-in-law and served as minister of foreign affairs during the Khmer Rouge regime.
He became the first senior leader to defect in 1996 - and as a result was granted a royal pardon.
The United Nations says such a pardon cannot protect someone from prosecution, but Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has previously warned that going after Ieng Sary could re-ignite civil unrest in Cambodia.
Ieng Sary now lives in a luxury villa in Phnom Penh, as well as maintaining a home in Pailin.
He is said to be ill with a heart condition, and travels to Bangkok regularly for treatment.
Nuon Chea was born in 1925. He was deputy secretary of the Central Committee and a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of Kampuchea. He was also believed to be Pol Pot’s right hand man. In this capacity, Nuon Chea played a critical role in initiation and implementation of policies of the government of Democratic Kampuchea. Recent archival research revealed that Nun Chea played a critical role in the purges during the DK period through the authorization of detention or execution of Khmer Rouge "enemies." He is now living freely in Pailin, a former Khmer Rouge stronghold in Northwestern Cambodia along the Thai-Cambodian border that is an autonomous region.