DOCUMENTS obtained by the Post reveal that both co-prime ministers were privy to
and agreed to an elaborate scheme by RCAF to appropriate 30,000 cubic meters of felled
logs to finance its military operations.
In a letter addressed to the co-premiers in February last year, General Chief of
Staff Ke Kim Yan requested permission to confiscate logs from three districts in
Koh Kong and Kompong Speu provinces and "use them to fulfill the necessary needs-especially
material and supplies to serve the RCAF operation during the dry season offensive
No copy of the request letter appears to have been sent to the Ministry of Finance.
In a letter dated March 30, after receiving the go-ahead from both co-prime ministers,
Ke Kim Yan issued orders to the commander of Military Region 3, Samreth Dy, to set
up a chain of command to insure the removal of logs by RCAF soldiers.
Documents reveal that several civilian and military authorities in Koh Kong were
mobilized to support RCAF's enterprise, including governor Rongphlam Kesan, the chiefs
of both military and civilian police and the director of customs.