Politician Wants General in US

A US politician has asked the US Embassy in Bangkok to issue a tourist visa to Nhiek Bun Chhay so the resistance commander can travel to the US.

In a March 9 letter, US Con­gress­man Dana Rohrbacher stated the reason for Nhiek Bun Chhay’s visit was to “meet with members of Congress regarding the current situation in Cam­bodia.”

According to the visa request, the Cambodian-American Coalit­ion for Democracy would pay for the general’s round-trip air ticket and all expenses. Rohrbacher did not say how long Nhiek Bun Chhay would stay in the US.

The California lawmaker is an outspoken critic of the Cam­bodian government. In February, he asked the House Sub­com­mittee on Asia and the Pacific to suspend Cam­bo­dia’s Most Favor­ed Nation trading status because of drug trafficking and the events of July 5 and 6.

This month, the Phnom Penh Military Court sentenced Nhiek Bun Chhay to 24 years for illegally buying and transporting weap­ons and colluding with the outlawed Khmer Rouge. Formerly first deputy chief of RCAF general staff, he has been leading resistance forces on the Thai border since early July.

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