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Cablegate: Embassy Phnom Penh

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DE RUEHPF #0878 3040443
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 300443Z OCT 08
FM AMEMBASSY PHNOM PENH
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0044
INFO RUEHBK/AMEMBASSY BANGKOK 2630

UNCLAS PHNOM PENH 000878

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
"CLANDESTINE LAB INVESTIGATIONS/CHEMICAL CONTROL" COURSE IN
BANGKOK--REQUEST RESPONSE BY NOVEMBER 28, 2008

REF: STATE 93057

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 28, 2008. The individuals listed below will attend ILEA
Clandestine Lab Investigations/Chemical Control Course scheduled for
January 12 - January 23, 2009 with report date of January 11, 2009
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, Khemarin (Male)
DPOB: Sep. 12, 1970; Kampong Speu
POSITION: Deputy Director
RANK: Col.
DEPT/UNIT: MOI, Criminal Department

NAME: PHAN, Pheng (Male)
DPOB: Aug. 14, 1952; Kampong Cham
POSITION: Deputy Commissioner
RANK: Lt. Col.
DEPT/UNIT: Municipal Commissary Police

NAME: LIM, Map (Male)
DPOB: Feb. 9, 1971; Prey Veng
POSITION: Deputy Office Chief
RANK: Maj.
DEPT/UNIT: Banteay Meanchey Provincial Police

NAME: OUM, Viroth (Male)
DPOB: Jan. 1, 1973; Stung Treng
POSITION: Deputy Office Chief
RANK: Capt.
DEPT/UNIT: Stung Treng Provincial Police

ALTERNATE:
NAME: HEM, Phalla (Male)
DPOB: Jan. 10, 1959; Kandal
POSITION: Deputy Office Chief
RANK: Maj.
DEPT/UNIT: Kampong Speu Provincial 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 Clandestine Lab
Investigations/Chemical Control Course scheduled for January 12 -
January 23, 2009 with report date of January 11, 2009 in Bangkok,
Thailand. These courses will provide the participants with an
understanding on current approaches to dealing with precursor
chemicals and clandestine laboratories. The courses will provide
concepts to improve investigative effectiveness and detailed
instruction regarding control strategies used in Southeast Asia and
in other parts of the world.

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 28, 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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