Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ratanakkiri official’s son’s SUV packed with rosewood

Ratanakkiri official’s son’s SUV packed with rosewood

Military police on Tuesday evening seized some 40 logs of rosewood allegedly belonging to a powerful official’s son in Ratanakkiri province, authorities said yesterday.

Military police intercepted a black Land Cruiser loaded with the rosewood on National Road 78 in O’Yadav district’s Pak Nhai commune, but the driver managed to escape, according to District Governor Mar Vichet.

“The officers stopped [the car] not far from the Cambodia-Vietnam border,” said Vichet. “We were told that the timber belongs to a man called Chhay. It was given to the Forestry Administration soon after the arrest.”

Vichet said that he was not aware of the timber’s source. However, a provincial authority officer speaking on condition of anonymity said that the rosewood belonged to a powerful official’s son in Ratanakkiri province and that much of the police force there was afraid to touch him.

“The Land Cruiser transported timber to sell in Vietnam many times but they only cracked down on it just now,” said the anonymous officer. “We find it hard to fulfil our duties because everything is under their authority and group.”

Sok Min, a district military police commander of O’Yadav and Keb Kort, the provincial administration director, both declined to comment about the case.

Kim Raksmey, a provincial military police commander, said he was on duty outside the province during the stop and was not informed about the case. He added that the Land Cruiser has been sent to the provincial Forestry Administration office.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Khmer Rouge survivors react to First They Killed My Father

Angelina Jolie's First They Killed My Father depicts some of the atrocities committed during the Pol Pot regime. How did watching it feel for those who were alive at the time?

Cambodia's last tile masters: Why a local craft is under threat

Brought over by the French, painted cement tile making has been incorporated into Cambodian design for more than a century, even as the industry has died out in Europe.

Interview: Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father

The story of Loung Ung and her family’s suffering under the Khmer Rouge became known around the world with the success of her autobiography.