Hok Lundy Invited to US for Counter-Terrorism Event

National Police Commissioner Hok Lundy has been invited by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to attend a regional counter-terrorism conference in the US state of Nevada, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

The fourth International Con­ference on Asian Organized Crime and Terrorism—a weeklong annual convention co-hosted by the FBI and 13 other US law enforcement agencies—is to be held in Las Vegas starting April 1. It will feature workshops on subjects such as Asian criminal enterprises and ethnic Hmong gangs, according to the conference’s Web site.

Hok Lundy could not be contacted Thursday, but Interior Ministry spokesman Lieutenant General Khieu Sopheak said the commissioner had started the application process for a US entry visa and hopes to attend.

In February 2006, John Miller, then-director of the US State De­part­­ment’s anti-human trafficking office, disclosed that Hok Lundy had been denied a US entry visa in 2005 due to allegations linking him to human trafficking.

Hok Lundy and other Interior Ministry officials have vigorously de­nied the allegation. “We’ve de­nied it for a long time. He was never involved,” Khieu Sopheak said Thursday.

US Embassy spokesman Jeff Daigle said that embassy officials are legally prohibited from commenting on visa applications.

In February 2006, US Ambas­sador Joseph Mussomeli said the embassy had no credible evidence linking Hok Lundy to human trafficking. “The embassy’s position on this matter has not changed,” Daigle wrote in an e-mail Thursday.

In a March 2006 visit to Cam­bo­dia, FBI Deputy Director John Pi­stol­e asked Hok Lundy to attend the FBI National Acad­emy’s graduation ceremonies in June that year. Cam­bodian officials said at the time that no official invitation was receiv­ed, and Hok Lundy did not attend.

(Ad­­d­­itional reporting by Pin Siso­van­n)

 

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