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Cablegate: Leahy Vetting for Para Military Training Exercise 09-1

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DEPT FOR SCA/RA ATTN: JOSEPH BRENNIG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM MASS MARR PREL KCRM BG
SUBJECT: LEAHY VETTING FOR PARA MILITARY TRAINING EXERCISE 09-1
COURSE, OCTOBER 12 - NOVEMBER 13

1. This is an action request. See para three.

2. The following candidates have been selected for participation in
the Para Military Training Exercise 09-1 in Jessore and Khulna,
Bangladesh, which will begin on October 12 - November 13, 2008. Post
vetting was completed on September 7, 2008. Post requests that
vetting be completed by September 14 to provide sufficient time for
processing. Post requests the department conduct Leahy vetting for
the following units:

Please process the following unit vetting request:

1. Name of military Exercise: Para Military Training
Exercise 09-1 (Balance Buffalo 09-1)
Name of Commander: Md Badrul Huda
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Commander's personal number: BA-2353
Commander's DOB: 01-01-1963
Place of Birth: Gopalgonj
Unit: 22 Rifle Battalion
Location of Unit: Jessore, Bangladesh


2. Name of military Exercise: Para Military Training
Exercise 09-1 (Balance Buffalo 09-1)
Name of Commander: Md Shawkat Imam
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Commander's personal number: BA-2601
Commander's DOB: 20-05-1961
Place of Birth: Tangail
Unit: 23 Rifle Battalion
Location of Unit: Khulna, Bangladesh

3. Post requests that the Department of State authorize post to make
the following statement to the relevant DOD units: "Embassy verifies
that the Department of State possesses no credible information of
gross violations of human rights by the above named individual or
units."

4. Post Human Rights Officer is David Arulanantham, unclass
e-mail:arulananthamdp@state.gov.

5. COMMENT: Embassy has no information to indicate these
individuals or any units they have served in have been involved in
gross violations of human rights.

Rollins

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