ACU to Cooperate With FBI to Fight Terrorism

The head of the government’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) met Thursday with John Sapinoso, legal attache at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, to discuss strengthening cooperation between the anti-graft body and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Om Yentieng, head of the ACU, said his conversation with Mr. Sapinoso had focused on how to jointly investigate terrorist funding and money laundering.

“The main point that he prioritized is fighting against financing terrorism and money laundering.

That’s his first priority, and he hopes that he will work with the Anti-Corruption Unit well, because the Anti-Corruption Unit plays a role in combating this money,” he said.

Mr. Yentieng said the two agencies would cooperate to arrest those suspected of funding terrorist groups.

“For example, if a suspect arrives in our country, [the FBI] will inform us and ask us to follow him, [find out] who he met with and follow [that person] and take photos and make a report.”

U.S. Embassy spokesman Jay Raman confirmed the meeting, but said he did not know what was discussed.

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