Brother No2 Chea cremated after low-key funeral in Cambodia's Pailin

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - Former Khmer Rouge Brother Number Two Nuon Chea's body was cremated on Friday at the Prumkirimorakot pagoda in Pailin province’s Sala Krao district after a low-key seven-day funeral.

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.

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.