Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Mondulkiri activist calls on committee to probe Lim Royal

Mondulkiri activist calls on committee to probe Lim Royal

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Heng Sros, an activist who investigates forest crimes in northern Cambodia has requested the National Committee for Prevention and Crackdown onNatural Resource Crimes to re-investigate forestry crimes linked to Lim Royal Joint Stock Co Ltd. HENG SROS VIA FACEBOOK

Mondulkiri activist calls on committee to probe Lim Royal

A forest activist in Mondulkiri province has requested the National Committee for Prevention and Crackdown on Natural Resource Crimes to re-investigate forestry crimes linked to Lim Royal Joint Stock Co Ltd.

Heng Sros, an activist who investigates forest crimes in northern Cambodia, told The Post on Tuesday that the committee should not merely check Lim Royal’s timber warehouse and then claim that the company was not involved in forestry crime.

“They must investigate the compound of the economic land concession. They must collect all evidence and information. Did the company commit any crimes? And if so, since when?” said Sros.

He said villagers living near the compound have claimed that the company logs trees at wildlife sanctuaries – especially at Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary – and passes the timber off as being obtained from within their economic land concessions.

He said the company, which is owned by tycoon Lim Bunna, is well-known in the province for its illegal logging for both local distribution and sale to Vietnam.

The Ministry of Environment in 2012 granted Lim Royal a 50-year economic land concession licence on 9,068ha of land in the province’s Koh Nhek and Pech Chreada districts.

Sros said there are six companies in Koh Nhek district which are notorious for cutting down trees outside of their economic land concessions.

Speaking at a press conference on July 18, Committee spokesman Eng Hy said a preliminary investigation showed that five of the six firms are facing licence revocation, but that Lim Royal was not found to be involved in forestry crimes.

Hy told The Post on Tuesday that those who claimed Lim Royal was involved in forestry crimes should file a complaint with the provincial court and be witnesses in an investigation.

“File a complaint and an investigation will be launched because the local authorities from part of the committee,” he said.

However, a source close to Lim Royal who asked to remain anonymous alleged to The Post that the company had formed several “groups” to cut down trees in Phnom Prich and Keo Seima wildlife sanctuaries, guaranteeing them of a way to skirt authorities and sell the timber to the company.

The source claimed that around $18,000 must be paid to officers for each lorry to ferry timber from Mondulkiri province to Vietnam.

The remaining timber is alleged to be processed at a large warehouse located in a special economic zone in Snuol district’s Trapaing Sre village in Kratie province and is distributed to a Chinese-owned subsidiary which supplies hotels mainly in Preah Sihanouk province, the source claimed.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • Rise in planned flights lifts travel hopes

    Six airlines have applied to resume flights in December, while two others have put in for additional flights and routes, according to State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) head Mao Havannall on November 29. These account for 43 new weekly domestic and international flights in December, up 16

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Hun Sen: Manet to be candidate for prime minister

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has reaffirmed that his oldest son Hun Manet will be his successor as Prime Minister if he is elected. Speaking during the inauguration of a new sewage treatment facility in Preah Sihanouk province on December 2, Hun Sen said Manet will be