US Sanctions Official, Tycoon for Alleged Corruption, Cambodia Dismayed

The U.S. government on Monday sanctioned a senior Cambodian official and a timber tycoon, both close allies of Prime Minister Hun Sen, for alleged corruption, a move that Cambodia branded an “ambush” that threatened bilateral relations.

The U.S. Treasury Department leveled sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act against Kun Kim, the National Committee for Disaster Management first vice president and former Royal Cambodian Armed Forces chief of staff, and Try Pheap, a timber tycoon and former adviser to Hun Sen, according to a Treasury statement.

The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control also added to its specially designated sanctions list 11 companies owned or controlled by Pheap, three members of Kim’s family — King Chandy, Kim Sophary and Kim Phara — and five companies owned or controlled by Kim’s family.

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