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Cablegate: Embassy Phnom Penh

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DE RUEHPF #1006/01 3531020
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P 181020Z DEC 08
FM AMEMBASSY PHNOM PENH
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0223

UNCLAS PHNOM PENH 001006

SIPDIS

SECSTATE FOR INL/C/CJ, EAP/RSP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV ASEC KJUS PHUM PREL CB
SUBJ: HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING FOR CAMBODIAN NOMINEES FOR ILEA
"SUPERVISORY CRIMINAL INVESTIGATORS COURSE" COURSE IN BANGKOK

REF: STATE 126914

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
January 23, 2009. The individuals listed below will attend the ILEA
Supervisory Criminal Investigators Course scheduled for February 16
- March 27, 2009 with report date of February 15, 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: KOUET, Bunna (Male)
DPOB: Oct. 7, 1960; Prey Veng
POSITION: Deputy Director
RANK: Col.
DEPT/UNIT: MOI, Criminal Dept.

NAME: LIM, Sokharaksmey (Male)
DPOB: Mar. 29, 1975; Phnom Penh
POSITION: Deputy Director
RANK: Col.
DEPT/UNIT: MOI, Patrimony Protection

NAME: HORM, Vantha (Male)
DPOB: Oct. 5, 1973; Phnom Penh
POSITION: Deputy Director
RANK: Col.
DEPT/UNIT: MOI, Intelligence Dept.

NAME: NOUN, Vityasak (Male)
DPOB: Aug. 11, 1962; Kandal
POSITION: Deputy Director
RANK: Col.
DEPT/UNIT: Royal Academy Police

NAME: KEN, Sothun (Male)
DPOB: Aug. 8, 1970; Kampot
POSITION: Office Chief
RANK: Lt. Col.
DEPT/UNIT: Royal Academy Police

NAME: YAM, Bunheng (Male)
DPOB: Apr. 15, 1964, Kandal
POSITION: Office Chief
RANK: Lt. Col.
DEPT/UNIT: MOI, Intelligence Dept.

NAME: UCH, Sambath (Male)
DPOB: Oct. 7, 1960; Takeo
POSITION: Deputy Office Chief
RANK: Maj.
DEPT/UNIT: MOI, Criminal Dept.

NAME: NOY, Hoeurn (Male)
DPOB: Aug. 7, 1979; Pursat
POSITION: Office Chief
RANK: Lt. Col.
DEPT/UNIT: MOI, Training Dept.

ALTERNATES:

NAME: SOT, Eth (Male)
DPOB: Oct. 25, 1966; Sihanoukville
POSITION: Deputy Office Chief
RANK: Lt. Col.
DEPT/UNIT: MOI, Training Dept.

NAME: HAM, Sotheanith (Male)
DPOB: Sept. 29, 1977; Phnom Penh
POSITION: Office Chief
RANK: Lt. Col.
DEPT/UNIT: Royal Police Academy

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 Supervisory
Criminal Investigators Course scheduled for February 16 - March 27,
2009 with report date of February 15, 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The six-week program will increase the managerial capabilities of
the participants to address criminal activity in their respective
countries, foster regional and international exchanges and
facilitate cooperation with U.S. law enforcement agencies to

successfully combat transnational crime.

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 January 23, 2009.

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.

RODLEY

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