On 17th October, KYC 360 relayed a Reuters story saying that a Reuters investigation shows that those closest to Prime Minister Hun Sen family members and key police, business and political associates have overseas assets worth tens of millions of dollars, and have used their wealth to buy foreign citizenship – a practice he has decried as unpatriotic and at times has sought to outlaw. Among those who have acquired or applied for EU passports through a citizenship for sale arrangement in Cyprus are: his niece, Hun Kimleng, and her husband, Neth Savoeun, who is Cambodia’s national police chief; the country’s most powerful business couple, who are old family friends; and the finance minister, a long-time Hun Sen adviser. It is said that, for example, Hun Kimleng bought an apartment in London in 2010 for £1.95 million (it could now be worth at least £3.5 million) and owns a multi-million-dollar apartment in a luxury condo in Singapore. In 2016, she became a citizen of Cyprus – which involved an investment of at least €2 million. Her husband is one of 12 generals Human Rights Watch named as those who form “the backbone of an abusive and authoritarian political regime” in Cambodia.
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