Cambodian Government Dismisses U.S. Treasury Sanctions Against Try Pheap and Kun Kim

The Cambodian government on Tuesday called the announcement of U.S. Treasury sanctions against General Kun Kim and logging tycoon Try Pheap “groundless” and based on “accusations.”

The sanctions, imposed under a 2012 law known as the Magnitsky Act, block any property or interest in property within U.S. jurisdiction held by targeted individuals. Kun Kim and Try Pheap are close associates of Prime Minister Hun Sen, with the sanctions including family members and companies linked to them, and based on the accusation of corruption.

The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday called the designation of the two individuals under the Magnitsky Act as “arbitrary,” and defended Kun Kim and Try Pheap.

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