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Cambodia's minister of justice

Ang Vong Vathana

Offshore company shareholder's occupation was listed as "Minister of Justice"

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Ang Vong Vathana has been the Minister of Justice of Cambodia since May 2004. Before his appointment by Prime Minister Hun Sen, Vathana served as secretary of state for the Ministry of Justice, under a power-sharing deal between the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), headed by the autocratic Hun Sen since 1998, and another party, Funcinpec. Vathana’s appointment led to allegations the Prime Minister Hun Sen had violated the deal by putting his own people in positions held by members of the Funcinpec party.

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In May 2007, as Vathana celebrated his third anniversary as minister, he became one of five shareholders of the British Virgin Islands company RCD International Limited. In a hand-written register of members dated from 2007 that also included Chinese and Khmer business officials, Vathana was listed with the occupation "Minister of Justice." The document recorded Vathana as having paid $5,000 for 5,000 shares. The purpose of this company was not apparent. There is no record that Mossack Fonseca acknowledged Vathana as a "politically exposed person," which would have required Mossack Fonseca, as a registered agent, to conduct further background checks on him.


A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice replied that the "Minister is very busy now and will not have time to comment on that."
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