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Cablegate: Embassy Phnom Penh

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DE RUEHPF #0877 3040442
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 300442Z OCT 08
FM AMEMBASSY PHNOM PENH
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0043
INFO RUEHBK/AMEMBASSY BANGKOK 2629

UNCLAS PHNOM PENH 000877

SIPDIS

SECSTATE FOR INL/C/CJ
BANGKOK FOR ILEA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR MASS MOPS PHUM PREL CB
SUBJ: HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING FOR CAMBODIAN NOMINEES FOR ILEA "TACTICAL
SAFETY AND PLANNING COURSE" IN BANGKOK--REQUEST RESPONSE BY NOVEMBER
14, 2008

REF: STATE 92219

1. This is an action cable. See Paragraph Six.

2. Reftel is guidance for screening nominees for U.S.-sponsored
training programs.

3. Post requests a Leahy vetting response from the Department by
November 14, 2008. The individuals listed below will attend ILEA
Tactical Safety and Planning Course scheduled for December 8 -
December 18, 2008 with report date of December 7, 2008 in Bangkok,
Thailand. To comply with the Leahy amendment relative to
U.S.-sponsored security assistance training, the U.S. Embassy Phnom
Penh conducted local human rights vetting for the following
individuals selected for ILEA-funded training:

NOMINEES:
NAME: SOK, Chanrithy(Male)
DPOB: Aug. 7, 1961; Phnom Penh
POSITION: Deputy Director
RANK: Maj. Gen.
DEPT/UNIT: MOI, Royal Police Academy

NAME: OUK, Kosal (Male)
DPOB: Apr. 1, 1974; Kandal
POSITION: Deputy Commissioner
RANK: Lt. Col.
DEPT/UNIT: Kampong Thom provincial police

NAME: CHANN, Sokkim (Male)
DPOB: Sep. 16, 1976; Kraties
POSITION: Deputy Office Chief
RANK: Capt.
DEPT/UNIT: Kratie provincial police

ALTERNATE:
NAME: LIM, Vannak (Male)
DPOB: Jun. 15, 1969; Kampot
POSITION: Deputy Office Chief
RANK: Capt.
DEPT/UNIT: Sihanoukville police

4. U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh has reviewed its files and finds that,
as of this date, it possesses no credible information of gross
violations of human rights by the above-mentioned individuals.

5. The individuals listed above will attend ILEA Tactical Safety
and Planning Course scheduled for December 8 - December 18, 2008
with report date of December 7, 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand. This
nine-day course is intended for participants assigned to active drug
enforcement units with operational duties. The training areas
include: drug raid planning and entry techniques, risk assessment,
handcuffing techniques, defensive tactics, and vehicle containment
and related arrests. All classroom topics are enhanced with
practical exercises and include the use of simulation weapons and
the firearms training simulator.

6. Please verify whether the Department possesses any credible
information that the individuals named above have been implicated in
gross violations of human rights. Post requests a Leahy vetting
response from the Department by November 14, 2008.

7. Point of contact for Amembassy Phnom Penh is Janet Deutsch at
deutschje@state.gov or tel: 855-23-728-118, or Alicia Gale at
galean@state.gov or tel: 855-023-728-110.

CAMPBELL

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