Cambodia Angered Over US Sanctions on Two Businessmen Accused of Graft, Illegal Logging

Cambodia on Tuesday slammed a decision by the U.S. to sanction a business tycoon and a government official accused of graft and illegal logging, calling the move an attack on its national sovereignty and interference in its internal affairs.

On Monday, International Corruption Day, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had leveled sanctions against Try Pheap and 11 companies he controls, saying he had established a network of government officials and members of the military who assisted him in smuggling timber out of the country for export in exchange for bribes.

The Treasury also sanctioned former joint chief of staff of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) Kun Kim, who is now Cambodia’s senior minister for veterans’ affairs, three of his family members, and their businesses over alleged graft and the illegal extraction of natural resources.

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