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Cablegate: Leahy Vetting for African Military Workshop In

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TO AMEMBASSY BUJUMBURA PRIORITY 1756

UNCLAS STATE 123174

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MASS MARR PHUM PGOV BY
SUBJECT: LEAHY VETTING FOR AFRICAN MILITARY WORKSHOP IN
D.C. - JANUARY 26 - FEBRUARY 20, 2009

REF: BUJUMBURA 564

1. (SBU) The Department of State has reviewed its files and
finds that as of November 20, 2008, it possesses no credible
information of gross violations of human rights by the
officers listed below:

Name: Jean Baptiste Nkwezi
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
DOB: 1968
POB: Burundi
Unit: MDNAC/DGPES

Name: Athanase Kantungeko
Rank: Commandant
DOB: 1972
POB: Burundi
Unit: MDNAC/BSPI

2. (U) Post is permitted to provide the following statement
to authorized parties:

The embassy verifies that the Department of State possesses
no credible information of gross violations of human rights
by the officers identified in pararagraph 1 above, as of
November 20, 2008.

3. (U) If in the future post becomes aware of possible human
rights violations by the individuals listed above, post
should inform the Department and not proceed with training.
RICE

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