Cam­bo­dia scorns US sanc­tions against se­nior mil­i­tary of­fi­cer

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Cam­bo­dia’s mil­i­tary has re­acted with scorn to an an­nounce­ment by the United States that it has black­listed an im­por­tant se­nior army of­fi­cer over hu­man rights abuses, block­ing his ac­cess to any as­sets in the U.S. The Trea­sury De­part­ment an­nounced sanc­tions Tues­day against Gen. Bun Hieng, com­man­der of Cam­bo­dia’s Prime Min­is­ter Body­guard Unit, which it said had been en­gaged in se­ri­ous hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions for at least the past 21 years, in­clud­ing a 1997 in­ci­dent in which a U.S. citizen re­ceived shrap­nel wounds. A Cam­bo­dian De­fense Min­istry state­ment is­sued Wed­nes­day ex­pressed re­gret for the U.S. ac­tion, which it called stupid, un­just and not backed by any ev­i­dence. Bun Hieng told The As­so­ci­ated Press that he had not com­mit­ted hu­man rights abuses and held no prop­erty in the United States.

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