Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cops link shipment of luxury wood to Pheap

Cops link shipment of luxury wood to Pheap

People work to clear timber from the side of a Prey Veng house last week after a truck transporting the wood overturned_16_09_2016_SUPPLIED
People work to clear timber from the side of a Prey Veng house last week after a truck transporting the wood overturned. Supplied

Cops link shipment of luxury wood to Pheap

Forestry officials in Prey Veng province confiscated 309 pieces of luxury timber allegedly belonging to logging tycoon Try Pheap after the truck transporting the haul tipped over and damaged a house in Komchay Mear district.

Chheang Ngon Hong, deputy director for the provincial Forestry Administration, said authorities seized the timber, which included 29 cubic metres of lower-grade wood, on Saturday and confirmed that it belonged to Pheap’s firm.

“They had permission for the wood, but when we verified, it was not right. It allowed [Try Pheap Group] to transport second- and third-grade timber, but not luxury wood,” he added.

Ngon Hong said the wood was being taken from Pursat to Svay Rieng, and if the “owner” did not pay the fine, the case would be sent to court.

The seizure comes a little over a year after Pheap told the Post he planned to end his companies’ logging activities.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an official in Pursat’s Veal Veng district told the Post that Pheap’s firm owned a rubber plantation there, and said a few trucks had been sighted with timber on them. However, he added, the number of trucks was lower than that witnessed two years ago.

The Try Pheap Group could not be reached yesterday.Sa Kaya, the deputy district police chief in Komchay Mear, suggested the truck had crashed either because it was out of control or because the driver was asleep. “The truck [owner] also had to pay $1,000 compensation to the owner of the house for damaging their staircase.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Temi tourism project approved by the CDC

    The $500.4 million Tourism, Ecological, Marine and International (Temi) tourism project has been approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), according to a notice on its Facebook page on Monday. The project is part of Chinese-owned Union City Development Group Co Ltd’s (

  • Rainsy will return at ‘favourable time’

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Saturday suggested he would not return to Cambodia as he had previously promised, saying that like liberators King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Charles de Gaulle, he would only do so at a “favourable time”. “I will go back to Cambodia

  • NagaWorld casino sees net profit of more than $390M last year

    Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino posted a 53 per cent net profit increase last year at $390.6 million, a sum which is almost equal to the combined net profit of all Cambodian commercial banks in 2017. NagaWorld’s parent company, NagaCorp Ltd, is listed on the Hong Kong

  • US Embassy urged to stop ‘disrespecting sovereignty’

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called on the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Saturday to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after it called former opposition leader Kem Sokha “an innocent man” – a move deemed to be “disrespecting Cambodia’s