US sanctions Cambodian defense officials over corruption

Those intending to do business in the Southeast Asian nation are urged to be mindful of corruption, crime and rights abuses.

The US Treasury Department has leveled sanctions against two senior Cambodian defense officials for corruption related to a naval base on the Southeast Asian country’s southern coast.

Chau Phirun, the director-general of the defense ministry’s material and technical services department, and Tea Vinh, a commander in the Royal Cambodian Navy, were blacklisted for corruption in the construction of Ream Naval Base facilities along the Gulf of Thailand.

“The United States will not stand by while corrupt officials personally benefit at the expense of the Cambodian people,” said Andrea Gacki, the director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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