Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cops release firecracker transporters

Cops release firecracker transporters

Officials inspect fireworks packed in cartons named Instant Coffee in a bust yesterday.
Officials inspect fireworks packed in cartons named Instant Coffee in a bust yesterday. Photo supplied

Cops release firecracker transporters

Two men were released from custody yesterday after being arrested on Monday for allegedly smuggling over 5,000 Thai firecrackers inside coffee boxes from Thailand, Military Police said yesterday.

Hai Vannara, Banlung town Military Police commander, whose officers helped intercept the smugglers’ truck, identified the men as But Samnang, 30, driver and owner of the vehicle, and Seng Pav, 28, a passenger. He added that all firecrackers are banned without permission from local authorities.

Huot Borei, Banlung town police chief, said the pair was released at the recommendation of Ratanakkiri Prosecutor Chea Pich after they agreed to give information about the owner of the firecrackers. “They are not the owners of the goods and they are just taxi drivers . . . hired to transport the goods,” he said, noting the goods “were ordered by one vendor in Banlung town in order to sell them”.

Authorities will now investigate if there is any connection between the Banlung vendor and the truck – also loaded with Thai firecrackers – that exploded in September in Banteay Meanchey, killing three on board and injuring three bystanders, as well as to the case of a Kampong Thom boy injured by firecrackers in October.

MOST VIEWED

  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Actress’s NGO takes heat for promoting the ruling party

    An actress’s NGO which participated in an election campaign event contrary to the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organisations (Lango) has been slammed. Chorn Chanleakena, a celebrity and the president of the Association of Artists Volunteering to Help Society, allegedly led its members in

  • Troop moves ‘won’t worry people’

    Senior officials at the Ministry of Defence and National Police said on Tuesday that riot training provided to the country’s police forces were aimed at preventing unexpected demonstrations and strikes before and after the July 29 national elections. The troop mobilisation, they said, would not