Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Govt timber seizures proceed apace

Govt timber seizures proceed apace

Govt timber seizures proceed apace

RUSSEY Keo district authorities arrested two people in connection with illegal logging during a search of a warehouse in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, as similar crackdowns continued across the country, officials said.

Chan Sahuth, deputy district police chief, said the search was authorised following the issuing of a warrant by Phnom Penh Municipal Court. The subsequent search of the warehouse uncovered 5.7 cubic metres of luxury wood, which was sent to the Forestry Administration.

Ly Meng Kheang and his wife, Srun Phirom, were sent to the Cambodian military police station in Phnom Penh for questioning, Chan Sahuth added.

The search in Phnom Penh came among similar raids in Ratanakkiri, Kampong Cham and Siem Reap provinces.

Thoang Savuth, deputy governor of Ratanakkiri province, said authorities had intercepted nearly 450 cubic metres of luxury wood since Prime Minister Hun Sen in January told an audience of military commanders that he would no longer put up with illegal logging operations conducted by high-ranking officials.

“We haven’t arrested anyone because the majority of the wood was found abandoned in the forests,” he said.

He added that even before the January directive, provincial authorities had seized more than 200 cubic metres of luxury wood.

Njem Sela, Siem Reap’s provincial deputy police chief, said military police have led operations to raid and search various locations.

“From March we have cracked down on one large place involved in illegal logging and confiscated a total of around 5 cubic metres of luxury wood and 95 cubic metres of normal wood,” he said. “We have also detained seven suspects and sent them to provincial court for questioning.”

Lak Leang, Kampong Cham’s deputy military police chief, said authorities had confiscated 4,000 pieces of luxury wood from 10 locations.


  • Kak Channthy, Cambodian Space Project frontwoman, killed in crash at 38 [Updated]

    Updated 5:05pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Kak Channthy, frontwoman of popular The Cambodian Space Project, was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in Phnom Penh. She was 38. Channthy, the internationally recognised singer-songwriter also known as “Srey Thy”, was reportedly travelling in a tuk-tuk on the city's

  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and

  • Peeling back layers of prehistory in Battambang

    When the man passed away, he had not yet reached 50. He belonged to a tribe that had settled near the Sangker River in Battambang province, likely cultivating the fields and raising animals. On the side, they hunted for boars, and even turtles, one of which