Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - District forestry boss charged over ‘logging’

District forestry boss charged over ‘logging’

District forestry boss charged over ‘logging’

The director of the Lumphat district forestry department in Ratanakkiri province was charged and put in pre-trial detention on Monday for allegedly logging on protected land around Ou’Sinlair waterfall, police and court officials revealed yesterday.

Deputy Police Chief Klol Thoeun said that Meung Bunthin was picked up by police on Monday after district forestry officials accused him of illegally clearing about 20 hectares of land around Ou’Sinlair, a popular eco-tourism destination in the province.

“There is only enough [evidence] to arrest Meung Bunthin this time but the court should also arrest the other people involved in these crimes and punish them under the law to protect our natural resources,” Thoeun said, adding that several forestry officials had been implicated.

Provincial prosecutor Leav Sreng confirmed that Bunthin had been charged with illegally logging the popular destination site.

Under Article 100 of the Kingdom’s Forestry Law, any activities carried out by local authorities that directly or indirectly contribute to forest exploitation are subject to one to five years in prison and a fine of up to 100 million riel ($25,000).

Thim Synath, Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction provincial director, said yesterday that his department had no involvement or any connection to Bunthin’s case.

“I did not order anyone to clear the land at this eco-tourism site which belongs to the state. Koung Srun, Lumphat’s district governor previously ordered me to measure and reserve land for the district’s community,” Synath said, clarifying that this was his only involvement

Koung Srun could not be reached for comment yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release