Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - K Speu police raid nets one tonne of rosewood

K Speu police raid nets one tonne of rosewood

Timber seized in a raid in Preah Vihear province earlier this week. Photo supplied
Timber seized in a raid in Preah Vihear province earlier this week. Photo supplied.

K Speu police raid nets one tonne of rosewood

Kampong Speu provincial police raided a warehouse stocking illicit Siamese rosewood on Monday afternoon, seizing nearly a tonne of the precious timber but failing to apprehend its owner.

Deputy provincial police chief Ouk Sophal said the raid took place in Samrong Tong district after eyewitnesses tipped off the authorities that a man identified as Nheun Ran, 33, was storing rosewood in his warehouse.

“We took action on Monday at 2:30pm with the cooperation of the district and commune chiefs and the Forestry Administration,” Sophal said. “We have not arrested the owner, because he escaped before the authorities arrived. We seized 440 pieces of rosewood weighing 945 kilograms.”

Despite a blanket ban on Siamese rosewood exports in 2013, Vietnamese customs data recorded a quarter of a million dollars worth leaving Cambodia in the first nine months of this year.

Meanwhile, military police spokesman Eng Hy was tight-lipped about a raid on Sunday in Preah Vihear that saw 200 troops and three helicopters descend on land occupied by Hong Sopheap Development Co. “The experts are working on it,” Hy said. “The case has not yet been sent to the prosecutor, but when they are finished, it will be sent to the court.”

Officials have refused to offer details on the raid, but environmental campaigner Ouch Leng has said the company had been logging nearby protected forests.

MOST VIEWED

  • NagaWorld casinos set to reopen, schools to follow

    NAGACORP Ltd has requested that it be allowed to reopen its NagaWorld integrated resorts in Phnom Penh after the government recently approved casinos to operate again, provided they follow Covid-19 prevention measures set by the Ministry of Health. Mey Vann, the director-general of the Ministry

  • ASEM supports Kingdom’s proposal to postpone meeting amid Covid

    The 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM13) scheduled to be held in Cambodia in November has been postponed until mid-2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation press statement released on Saturday said. The decision was made during a two-day meeting

  • Coffee maker roasted for producing fake product

    The Ministry of Interior’s Counter Counterfeit Committee will send a suspect to court on Monday after she allegedly roasted coffee mixed with soybeans and other ingredients, creating a product which could pose a high risk to consumers’ health. On the afternoon of July 2, the

  • Cambodia armed with money laundering laws

    Money laundering will now carry a penalty of up to five years in prison while those convicted of financing terrorists will be jailed for up to 20 years, according to new laws promulgated by King Norodom Sihamoni and seen by The Post on Thursday. Comprising nine

  • Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’

    With guidance from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is in the process of reopening schools in three stages. But no timeline has been set, ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said on Thursday. Soveacha said the first stage will be to

  • Thai border crossings eased

    The Cambodian Embassy in Thailand said in an announcement on Wednesday that Thailand’s government has allowed certain passengers from several countries to enter its borders. The visitors must go back to their country immediately after their duties in Thailand are fulfilled, the embassy said.

  • Gov’t says tourism recovers slightly despite pandemic

    The Ministry of Tourism and the Phnom Penh municipal administration have recognised 33 tourism businesses in the capital which have consistently implemented safety measures for tourists and adhered to the code of conduct issued by the ministry. Recently, the ministry announced that tourism businesses had to

  • Mull ASEAN border opening, PM urges

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that ASEAN launch a scenario for gradually reopening cross-border travel and trade between countries in the region. He said ASEAN has had more success combating Covid-19 compared to other regions. The prime minister’s request was made at the

  • Ministry reports 11 new Covid-19 cases, reiterates vigilance

    Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng has urged people to continue practising virus prevention techniques after 11 people tested positive for Covid-19 within two days after arriving in the Kingdom. Speaking on Sunday, Bun Heng stressed the importance of washing hands, wearing masks or scarves when

  • Koh Rong land ‘belongs to firm’

    Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration spokesperson Kheang Phearum told The Post on Sunday that the 35ha being bulldozed by Royal Group Co Ltd in Koh Rong belongs to it after it was leased to it for 99 years by the government in 2008. Phearum said the land does