Pol Pot's former right-hand man declared fit for trial in Cambodia

Nuon, 86, was the right-hand man to Pol Pot and a former Cambodian prime minister. He is accused of murder and torture.

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  • Most senior surviving Khmer Rouge leader has been declared fit for trial
  • Nuon Chea was the right-hand man to late Cambodian leader Pol Pot
  • Khmer Rouge regime under Pol Pot blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people
The most senior surviving Khmer Rouge leader, Nuon Chea, has been declared fit for trial by a United Nations-backed court in Cambodia, the agency said Friday.
Nuon, the right-hand man to late leader Pol Pot and a former Cambodian prime minister, is reportedly 86 years old and is accused of murder and torture. He waived his right to be present in court Friday because of health reasons, including heart disease, the United Nations said.