Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Laos repatriates Cambodian loggers



Laos repatriates Cambodian loggers

Laos repatriates Cambodian loggers

At the end of April, authorities in Laos returned more than a dozen Cambodians who hopped the border into their country for the purposes of logging, a police official said yesterday.

The 16 Cambodians were initially detained in Champa Sak province, said Va Sophan, the police chief in Stung Treng’s Siem Pang district.

He added that they “were released in compliance” with a memorandum of understanding between both countries on the issue of repatriation.

Border authorities in Cambodia also let go three Laos late last month who were accused of illegally crossing to hunt wildlife, an act that Va Sophan referred to as a “petty crime”.

He said that both sides charged about $300 per person in fees for “transportation, food and security”.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tep Nimol at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Seven positive for Covid-19, Hun Sen confirms local transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that there has been local community transmission of Covid-19. However, he urged the people not to panic even though the Ministry of Health announced the discovery of seven new cases on Sunday. Among the victims are Chhem Savuth, the director-general

  • Cambodia at ‘most critical moment’, Hun Sen warns

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the first community transmission of Covid-19 in Cambodia has led the country to the “most critical moment” that warranted urgent, large-scale operations to contain the pandemic. Hun Sen, who confirmed the first local transmission on November 28, said the source of

  • PM confirms community transmission, calls for unity

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the public to stay calm, unite and follow the Ministry of Health guidelines after the wife of a senior official tested positive for Covid-19 in the Kingdom’s first case of community transmission. The case has drawn criticism

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • PM vows to protect Hun family

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to continue his fight against opposition politicians who he said intend to smash the Hun family. Without naming the politicians but apparently referring to former leaders of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Hun Sen said there