Khmer Rouge ideologue arrested for abuses, 3 decades later





The police in Cambodia arrested on Wednesday the highest ranking surviving leader of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime to face charges in the deaths of 1.7 million people from 1975 to 1979.

The leader, Nuon Chea, 82, was the chief ideologue of the movement and "Brother No. 2" to Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge chieftain who died in 1998.

He was arrested at his home in the northeastern town of Pailin, which has become a sort of retirement haven for Khmer Rouge cadre, and was flown by helicopter to Phnom Penh to hear the charges against him.


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