U.S. Lawmakers Welcome Calls for Sanctions on Cambodia ‘Regime Profiteers’

The tycoons named by Global Witness were logging baron Try Pheap, Cambodian People’s Party senators Ly Yong Phat, a sugar magnate, Mong Reththy, and Lao Meng Khin, one of Hun Sen’s closest private sector allies.

A number of U.S. lawmakers have welcomed a call from London-based NGO Global Witness for targeted sanctions on four Cambodia regime cronies accused of profiting from the anti-democratic crackdown in the country.

Senator Patrick Leahy, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in an email that “in Cambodia corruption comes in, and out of, uniform,” referring to the involvement of non-state actors in corruption in Cambodia.

“It is not just the military that has propped up an increasingly illegitimate regime but also Prime Minister Hun Sen’s business cronies,” Leahy said. “Sanctions against such tycoons and their family members by the United States are appropriate and timely.”

Read the full story: https://www.voacambodia.com/a/us-lawmakers-welcome-calls-for-sanctions-on-camboida-regime-profiteers/4507472.html

© 2018, The Cambodia Daily. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in print, electronically, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without written permission.