YALE University's Cambodian Genocide Program (CGP) has been cleared by the US government
of anonymous allegations of financial mismanagement, according to a press release
from the US-based university.
The investigation was undertaken by the US State Department's Office of the Inspector
General after American Congressman Tom Campbell wrote a letter to Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright last May requesting that she examine a complaint from a constituent
whose identity was not disclosed.
"I knew the State Department's investigation would find the allegations to be
unfounded, not only because they were completely untrue, but because Yale has kept
such scrupulous and unassailable records of this important program's operations,"
said Yale's Professor Ben Kiernan in the release.
The CGP, founded and directed by Kiernan, has received grants totaling over $1.5
million from the State Department since 1994 to document the genocide committed by
Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979.
Yale Deputy Provost Charles Long deplored the anonomyous allegations made against
Kiernan, calling them "reckless and unfounded".
"It is a credit to Professor Kiernan and his colleagues that they have continued
to advance the program's important goals of documenting the genocide by the Khmer
Rouge regime," Long said.