Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hauling timber: Judge frees suspect to government's chagrin

Hauling timber: Judge frees suspect to government's chagrin

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Officials inspect and seize illegal timber in a bust conducted last week in Kratie province. Fresh News

Hauling timber: Judge frees suspect to government's chagrin

A district governor in Kratie province yesterday criticised a decision by an investigating judge to release a timber transporter on bail, the lone suspect arrested in a case involving more than two dozen vehicles carrying wood.

Snuol District Governor Kong Kimny yesterday said the decision to free the suspect after his arrest on Saturday was “discouraging”, especially since evidence is still being gathered to charge him with a forestry crime, and ordered the prosecutor to file an appeal of his release.

Kimny originally told The Post this week all drivers had escaped, not realising police had arrested one suspect, Ry Sothear – only to see Judge Eng Chamnab release him on bail the next day. Sothear allegedly slammed his truck into a police car and was charged with destroying state property.

Chea Sopheak, spokesman for Kratie Provincial Court, said the court prosecutor filed an appeal on Monday.

“The suspect admitted that he drove into the barricade and hit the back of an authority’s car unintentionally because it had rained and it was slippery and the truck’s brake system did not work well,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Monks given ‘Samdech’ title for contributions

    Three senior monks on Thursday were given the highest-ranking title “samdech”, with Prime Minister Hun Sen saying that the promotions were due to their contributions to Buddhism. The three distinguished monks were promoted on Thursday morning at Botum Vatey pagoda in Phnom Penh, at a

  • Facing possible sanctions, PM criticises Washington’s rights record

    While United States congressmen are discussing the Cambodia Democracy Act and an amendment that could impose more sanctions against Cambodia’s government, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday counterattacked by questioning the respect of human rights and democracy under the US-backed Lon Nol regime, and