Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Officials nab more than 900kg of timber in R’kiri




Officials nab more than 900kg of timber in R’kiri

A ton of illegal timber was busted police officials in Ratanakkiri yesterday. Image: GRK
A ton of illegal timber was busted police officials in Ratanakkiri yesterday. Image: GRK

Officials nab more than 900kg of timber in R’kiri

Nearly a tonne of luxury wood was confiscated after a brief car chase in Ratanakkiri on Sunday night, though the smuggler escaped arrest, according to a police report.

A van carrying the timber had travelled from Stung Treng province to Banlung district in Ratanakkiri province when military police attempted to stop the vehicle for inspection.

However, the driver sped up in a bid to escape, with authorities tailing the rogue van until it reached a cashew plantation. The driver then abandoned the van and took off on foot, according to a statement posted on Facebook by Banlung district military police Commander Hay Vannara.

“The car was checked and we found 985 kilograms of luxury timber,” Vannara said.

He added that timber was taken to the provincial Forestry Administration office, but director Keb Kort yesterday declined to comment.

In a separate case, Kampong Thom Forestry Administration officials said they had seized 99 tree trunks and two tractors used to illegally transport goods in Sandan district on Friday, though no arrests have yet been made.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM slams HRW ‘double standards’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has chided Human Rights Watch (HRW) Asia director Brad Adams for keeping quiet over protest crackdowns in the US following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Addressing reporters while inspecting infrastructure development in Preah Sihanouk province on Monday,

  • Bank robber of $6M asks to be released

    An accused bank robber who admitted to stealing $6 million has asked the Supreme Court to release him temporarily because he had returned the money. In a court hearing on Tuesday Chan Simuntha, 39, told the judge that on January 18, his wife Teang Vathanaknearyroth told him that

  • WHO: Antibiotics cause more deaths

    Increased antibiotics use in combating the Covid-19 pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming

  • Children in poverty said to rise by 86M

    The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children warned that if urgent measures are not taken, the number of children living in poverty across low- and middle-income countries could increase by 86 million, a 15 per cent jump, by the end of the year. In

  • Four more Cambodian peacekeepers get Covid-19 in Mali

    Four more Cambodian Blue Helmet peacekeepers in Mali have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, bringing the number of infected Cambodian UN peacekeepers to 10. National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces and Explosive Remnants of War deputy director-general and spokeswoman Kosal Malinda told The Post on Tuesday

  • Huge tracks of undocumented land a concern for registration officials

    Siem Reap provincial deputy governor Ly Samrith expressed concern that land registration plans for residents scheduled to be completed by late 2021 could not be achieved because 80 per cent of the land had not been registered. Land dispute issues are a major factor that poses a