Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Brother No2 Chea cremated after low-key funeral in Pailin

Brother No2 Chea cremated after low-key funeral in Pailin

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A monk takes a photo as former Khmer Rouge ‘Brother Number Two’ Nuon Chea is cremated on a funeral pyre in a ceremony attended by dozens of people in Pailin province on Friday. TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP

Brother No2 Chea cremated after low-key funeral in Pailin

The body of former Khmer Rouge Brother Number Two Nuon Chea was cremated on Friday at the Prumkirimorakot pagoda in Pailin province’s Sala Krao district after a low-key seven-day funeral.

Chea’s daughter Lao Chealinda told The Post on Sunday that her family and relatives were considering building a stupa to keep his remains at the same pagoda.

“We are discussing among relatives and family members. We have not decided on the appropriate time yet because the funeral has just finished,” she said.

Sala Krao district police chief Ry Dara told The Post on Sunday the funeral for Chea, who was second-in-command only to the late Pol Pot, had proceeded for seven days without any incidents, though he noted only a small number of people had attended.

“I have not received any information about his 100th-day ceremony. If it’s held, our authorities will help maintain security for them,” he said.

Youk Chhang, the executive director of the Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam), said despite low attendance, the smooth funeral demonstrated Cambodians’ willingness to forgive regardless of the suffering they had endured under the Khmer Rouge.

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The body of former Khmer Rouge Brother Number Two Nuon Chea was cremated on Friday at the Prumkirimorakot pagoda in Pailin province’s Sala Krao district after a low-key seven-day funeral. FRESH NEWS Hong Menea

He said Chea’s authoritarian leadership and his subsequent trial for crimes against humanity at the Khmer Rouge tribunal is a lesson to be learnt if such atrocities are to be avoided in future.

“It takes so much forgiveness . . . Only by learning from the mistakes can you achieve your success, because you cannot copy success from others,” he said.

Chea died on August 4 at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship hospital. He was 93. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), commonly known as the Khmer Rouge tribunal, did not reveal what he had died of, saying his health information was confidential.

The ECCC found Chea guilty in November of genocide against ethnic Vietnamese, the Cham Muslim minority group and former officials in the previous Khmer Republic government.

Chea was the president of the Khmer Rouge’s state legislature. He was sentenced to life in prison by the Khmer Rouge tribunal in Case 002/02, along with Khieu Samphan, the ultra-Maoist regime’s head of state.

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Sala Krao district police chief Ry Dara said the funeral for Chea had proceeded for seven days without any incidents. Hong Menea

MOST VIEWED

  • Tragedy as four lions devour teenager in Pakistan safari park

    In a horrifying incident at an animal park in the Pakistani city of Lahore, four lions killed a 17-year-old grass reaper. However, how Muhammad Bilal Hussain managed to get near the lions was yet to be ascertained. Safari officials said Hussain climbed a 3.7m high

  • Hun Sen asks Cambodians to believe in government

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday asked citizens and investors to trust that the government will overcome the challenges brought about by Covid-19 and the loss of the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme. Speaking to reporters at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh,

  • Westerdam passenger ‘never had’ Covid-19

    The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the US citizen that allegedly tested positive in Malaysia after travelling on the Westerdam was never infected with Covid-19 in the first place. In an article published in the newspaper USA Today on Friday, CDC

  • Gloom hits Siem Reap tourism

    As the Kingdom’s overall tourism sector continued to grow last year, industry insiders in Siem Reap have expressed their deep concerns, citing a sharp drop in Chinese arrivals to the province beginning late last month. Cambodia earned $4.91 billion in international tourism revenue last year,

  • ‘Ghost staff’ found, $1.7M returned to state coffers

    The Ministry of Civil Service said more than seven billion riel ($1.7 million) in salaries for civil servants was returned to the state last year after it discovered that the books had been cooked to pay ‘ghost officials’. This is despite claims by the Ministry of

  • Woman wanted for killing own son

    Police in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district are on the lookout for a woman who allegedly hacked her son to death on Sunday in Stung Meanchey III commune. District police chief Meng Vimeandara identified the son as Chan Sokhom, 32. “The offender can’t escape forever.