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Cablegate: Embassy Phnom Penh

VZCZCXYZ0004
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHPF #0920 3180049
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 130049Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY PHNOM PENH
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0108
INFO RUEHBK/AMEMBASSY BANGKOK 2632

UNCLAS PHNOM PENH 000920

SECSTATE FOR INL/C/CJ
BANGKOK FOR ILEA

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR MASS MOPS PHUM PREL TH CB
SUBJ: HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING FOR CAMBODIAN NOMINEE FOR A "SPECIAL
INVESTIGATION GROUP WORKSHOP ON PANGOLINS AND BIG CATS" TRAINING IN
BANGKOK NOVEMBER 26-28, 2008.

REF: STATE 93065

1. This is an action cable. Please 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 21, 2008, in order to reserve A training course space by a
November 24 deadline. The individual listed below will attend a
Special Investigations Group (SIG) Workshop on Pangolin and Big Cats
Training scheduled for November 26-28, 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 individual selected to attend the SIG
Workshop:


NAME: Kouch, Haksrorn (Male)
DOB: 8/24/1956
POB: Phnom Penh, Kandal Province
POSITION: Deputy of Technical and Material Office;
Chief of Gendarmerie for Wildlife Rescue Team
DEPT/UNIT: Royal Gendarmerie of Cambodia

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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 individual listed above will attend a Special Investigation
Group Workshop on Pangolin and Big Cats Training Scheduled for
November 26-28, 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand. The objective of this
workshop is to gain knowledge and exchange information on each
country's pangolin and big cat illegal trade and criminal networks.


6. Please verify whether the Department possesses any credible
information that the individual named above has been implicated in
gross violations of human rights. Post requests a Leahy vetting
response from the Department by November 21, 2008 in order to
reserve a training course space by the SIG deadline of November 24,
2008.

7. Point of contact for Amembassy Phnom Penh is Janet Deutsch at
deutschje@state.gov or tel: 855-23-728-118, or Lidia Anderson at
andersonLL1@state.gov or tel: 855-023-728-687.

RODLEY


Drafted: Nov. 7, 2008
Pol/Econ: LANDERSON

Cleared:
Pol/Econ Chief: GLAWLESS

Cleared:
Pol/Econ off: JDEUTSCH

Approved:
DCM: PCAMPBELL

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