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Cablegate: Chile: Milgp Request for Human Rights Vetting for Basic

VZCZCXYZ0008
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHSG #1036 3331446
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 281446Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY SANTIAGO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3994
RHMFISS/HQ USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL PRIORITY

UNCLAS SANTIAGO 001036

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR WHA/BSC, DRL, INR, PPC, PM, CD1D FOR BROWN, JOHNS
SOUTHCOM FOR EVANS, FINLAY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR MASS PREL PHUM CI
SUBJECT: CHILE: MILGP REQUEST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING FOR BASIC
OPERATION LAW TRAINING

Sensitive but unclassified. Please handle accordingly.

1. (U) This is an action request. See paragraphs 2 and 3.

2. (SBU) Action request: Embassy requests the Department assist in
conducting a Leahy Amendment Human Rights review, as well as a
general name check, of the following Chilean Army officer who has
been nominated to participate in U.S. funded training, pursuant to
the Leahy Act and Foreign Assistance Act. Please transmit the
results of such, including information not strictly covered by the
Leahy Amendment, to Embassy if possible by no later than December
10.

3. (SBU) The proposed training is the Basic Operation Law Training
(BOLT), to be held at the Marine Corps Detachment Naval Station,
Newport, RI, between December 14 and December 20, 2008. The name
and identifying information of the proposed candidate appear in the
following format: Name, rank, unit, date of birth, place of birth
and national identification number.

Macarena GONZALEZ Mekis, Major, Military Lawyer, Second Military
Court, 03/28/1972, Santiago, 8.950.372-8

4. (U) Post greatly appreciates the Department's assistance with
this request. Embassy's ongoing investigation has not found
credible information that the candidate has been involved in gross
human rights violations.

SIMONS

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