Khmer Rouge # 2 Man, Nuon Chea, Claims he is Ready to Stand Trial
- From: "Chim" <ChimS1@xxxxxxx>
- Date: 15 May 2006 14:20:25 -0700
Khmer Rouge # Two Man Claims he is Ready to Stand Trial
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A former Khmer Rouge leader from Pailin says that he is waiting to
participate in the Khmer Rouge tribunal if he is really accused of
being involved in the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-1979.
Brother number two and leader of the National Assembly of the
Democratic Kampuchea, Nuon Chea says that he is not surprised about the
jurists selection, and that he is waiting for the court's order to
testify his innocence.
In an interview with VOA, he says he acknowledges his mistakes but not
a genocide as indicated by everyone.
He says during the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-1979, he was wrong for
not going down to the grassroots to see for himself about the deeds
being committed by the cadre in the regions.
The Document Center of Cambodia's director Youk Chhang cannot be
reached for comment. Cambodian Defenders Project executive director Sok
Sam Oeun, says that Nuon Chea has enough rights to defend himself, but
the truth will lie in the upcoming hearing.
He lives in a small wooden house surrounded by bamboo trees and corn
fields, close to Thailand border.
Mr. Nuon Chea is 80 years old, has four children, and 10 grand
children. He is living with his wife Ly Kim Seng, 10 years his junior.
He has a number of medical problems including high blood pressure and a
heart disease, walking with the help of a cane, and wearing sun glasses
all the time. He says he regularly receives medical treatment in
Mr. Nuon Chea gladly receives the stringers, but does not want to have
his voice recorded nor his picture taken.
He does not want to elaborate too much about the Khmer Rouge tribunal
or politics during the Khmer Rouge regime saying just leave the
dicision to the government. He says that for everything that happens,
it happens for a reason. The reason for Pol Pot regime to be in power
was Marshall Lon Nol's coup d'etat toppling then King Sihanouk, and the
country behind this coup d'etat was the U.S.
Mr. Nuon Chea did not say what country supports Pol Pot regime, but
that the Democratic Kampuchea has a seat at the U.N.
He says that before the court shows any evidences, the number of people
(perished during the regime) should not be mentioned.
On the tribunal's effectiveness and criteria, he cannot speculate, but
says that he can trust the government and the U.N. overlooking the
He says that everything is not 100% right. He always refers to the
words defense of the nation, national idealism, and the people.
The Supreme Council of the Magestracy has officially chosen 30 jurists,
among them 17 Cambodians and 13 internationals.
Former head of state Khieu Samphan declines to comment on the Khmer
Rouge regime and the tribunal.
He lives in Pailin and says that he is a proud man and is a
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