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Cablegate: Human Rights Vetting for Cambodian Nominees for Ilea "Arson

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PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHPF #0685 2511010
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 081010Z SEP 09
FM AMEMBASSY PHNOM PENH
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1176
INFO RUEHBK/AMEMBASSY BANGKOK 2772

UNCLAS PHNOM PENH 000685

SIPDIS

SECSTATE FOR INL/C/CJ AND EAP/RSP
BANGKOK FOR ILEA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR MASS MOPS PHUM PREL CB
SUBJECT: HUMAN RIGHTS VETTING FOR CAMBODIAN NOMINEES FOR ILEA "ARSON
INVESTIGATION" COURSE IN BANGKOK

REF: STATE 82992

1. This is an EAP action cable. See Paragraph Six.

2. Reftel is guidance for screening nominees for U.S.-sponsored
training programs.

3. To comply with the Leahy amendment relative to U.S.- sponsored
security assistance training, the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh has
conducted local human rights vetting for the following individuals
selected for the "Arson
Investigation" Course, November 2-13, 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.

NOMINEES:

NAME: NOU, Sovannarith (Male)
DPOB: April 11, 1959; Phnom Penh
RANK/POSITION: Lt. Colonel, Office Chief
DEPT/UNIT: Ministry of Interior, Department of Weapons,
Administration, and Fire

NAME: SOEUR, Rithy (Male)
DPOB: February 13, 1965; Kampong Chhnang
RANK/POSITION: Lt. Colonel, Office Chief
DEPT/UNIT: Ministry of Interior, Department of Weapons,
Administration, and Fire

ALTERNATE:

NAME: NGET, Hoeun (Male)
DPOB: April 12, 1966; Takeo
RANK/POSITION: Lt. Colonel, Deputy Office Chief
DEPT/UNIT: Ministry of Interior, Department of Weapons,
Administration, and Fire

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 will attend the "Arson Investigation" Course,
November 2-13, 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand. The course is sponsored
by the United States Department of State and will be presented by
experts from the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and
Firearms and Explosives.

6. Action request: 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 September 30, 2009.

7. Point of contact for Amembassy Phnom Penh is Jenae
Johnson at Johnsonjd3@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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