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Cablegate: Leahy Vetting Request for Trainers of Somalia

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PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHC #1362 1092110
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 182104Z APR 08
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA PRIORITY 4681

UNCLAS STATE 041362

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC EAID ECON KCRM SNAR ET
SUBJECT: LEAHY VETTING REQUEST FOR TRAINERS OF SOMALIA
MILITARY PERSONNEL

REF: ADDIS ABABA 809

1. The Department of State has reviewed its files and finds
that as of April 18, 2008, it possesses no credible
information of gross violations of human rights by the
individuals listed below who are overseeing the training of
Somalia Transitional Federal Government military units.

2. Name: Arega Lebassi Desta
Occupation: Colonel
Date of Birth: January 13, 1959
Place of Birth: Tigray, Ethiopia

Name: Mohamed Hassan Bunay
Occupation: Lieutenant Colonel
Date of Birth: Not Available
Place of Birth: Not Available

Name: Meyrah Ahmed Kaariye
Occupation: Major
Date of Birth: Not Available
Place of Birth: Not Available

3. Post is permitted to provide the following statement to
authorized parties: Embassy verifies that the Department of
State possesses no credible information of gross violations
of human rights by the individuals identified in paragraph
two above, as of this date. Post may cite this cable in
response.

4. If at any time Embassy becomes aware of any information
regarding incidents that could be deemed to be credible
information of gross violations of human rights by any of
these personnel, Embassy should so inform the Department.
RICE

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