Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Intent to log’ leads to Vietnamese deportations

‘Intent to log’ leads to Vietnamese deportations

Ten Vietnamese nationals were deported on Tuesday following their arrest in Ratanakkiri’s O’Yadav district for allegedly attempting to engage in illegal logging. Supplied
Ten Vietnamese nationals were deported on Tuesday following their arrest in Ratanakkiri’s O’Yadav district for allegedly attempting to engage in illegal logging. Supplied

‘Intent to log’ leads to Vietnamese deportations

Ten Vietnamese nationals were deported on Tuesday following their arrest on Sunday in Ratanakkiri’s O’Yadav district for allegedly attempting to illegally log and haul timber, local authorities said on Wednesday.

Poy Yong, Sesan commune police chief, said authorities were tipped off by members of the Phumi Phis forest community about 10 men who they had spotted travelling in tractors into Cambodia across the border at Phis village. The villagers became concerned the men might engage in illegal logging.

O’Yadav District Governor Sem Lin then led a crackdown, resulting in the arrests.

Yong said the men were deported after they thumbprinted a document promising not to commit forestry crimes in Cambodia.

“Their release and deportation to Vietnam [is] because they have not committed the forestry crime yet,” he said. “However, the [tractors], which authorities confiscated, were seized as state property, and at the moment those [tractors] are impounded at [the] Borkeo Forestry Administration.”

According to a police report, the community claimed the men had planned to log timber from the O’Yak Krak Mountain and O’Yak Kroem Mountain.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom may hire Turkish power ship

    Cambodia is considering negotiating with Turkey to hire a 200MW-capacity power ship to meet electricity demands as the country faces an ongoing electrical shortage, according to the prime minister. Speaking to garment workers in Pursat province on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Electricite du

  • EDC tackles power shortfall

    Electrcite Du Cambodge (EDC) on Monday issued a statement updating the public on its efforts to tackle insufficient electricity supplies during the ongoing dry season. Reductions in electricity prices have resulted in a steady increase in consumers in the Kingdom, while local and international investors

  • Woman who scaled Cambodia’s three highest peaks eyes Everest

    One of the very few Cambodian women to have successfully reached the Kingdom’s three highest peaks is now eyeing Malaysia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kinabalu, and potentially even the world’s tallest straddling Nepal and China, Mount Everest. While in many Western countries it

  • Cheap, clean and efficient: The firm leading Cambodia’s solar revolution

    Sitting in her bright and airy 17th floor office, Rithya Menon, Okra Smart Solar’s lead firmware engineer, checks the frequently updating data telling her everything about how well their community services are operating. “I saw in the data that there was a problem with