Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Military officer, wife deny timber charges

Military officer, wife deny timber charges

Choeung Theng (pictured) after being detained in 2016 for the destruction of a bridge in Kampot Province.
Choeung Theng (pictured) after being detained in 2016 for the destruction of a bridge in Kampot Province. National Police

Military officer, wife deny timber charges

The trial of military officer and alleged illegal logger Choeung Theng and his wife began at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday, but neither were present.

Theng was arrested in April, after spending months at large, after police uncovered around 48 cubic metres of illegal timber on his Kampong Speu property in December.

Earlier last year, he destroyed a bridge while attempting to cross it in a truck overloaded with illegal timber.

Theng and his wife, Kou Sokhoeun, were charged with illegally collecting, transporting and conducting business with forestry products.

Both defendants claimed they were too ill to attend yesterday’s hearing, but submitted statements to the court.

In Theng’s, he claimed he did not harvest the timber but bought it from another villager. He said he fled from police out of fear of punishment.

He added that Sokhoeun was not involved.

The defence requested that the court drop all charges against Sokhoeun and dismiss the charges of collecting and transporting for Theng.

A verdict is due on October 12.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all