Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Raid of Chinese ELC sees 1,000 logs seized

Raid of Chinese ELC sees 1,000 logs seized

Authorities inspect lumber yesterday in Kampong Speu province during a raid on a company’s timber yard. Photo supplied
Authorities inspect lumber yesterday in Kampong Speu province during a raid on a company’s timber yard. Photo supplied

Raid of Chinese ELC sees 1,000 logs seized

More than 1,000 logs of illegally felled first-grade timber were seized from a Chinese-owned Great Field International land concession beside Kampong Speu province’s Oral Wildlife Sanctuary yesterday, according to officials and a local monitoring group.

A mixed force of 53 police and forestry officials confiscated 1,039 logs, most of which were phchek and sokrom, from a sawmill on the concession after receiving a tip-off, said deputy Oral district governor Bun Vichet.

“The timber was old and illegal, so we confiscated it to a place at the provincial forestry administration,” Vichet said, explaining that authorities were now searching for the owners of the sawmill, who had rented land on the sugar plantation for the operation.

Chea Hean, head of the Natural Resource and Wildlife Preservation Organization, said the sawmill was known to belong to a businessman known only as “Nakry”, and had been logged inside the Oral Wildlife Sanctuary before being transported into the concession.

“They log the timber illegally in the protected area to process and sell domestically at the depot, and they cut the timber before exporting it to Vietnam. It has been going for about three years,” Hean said.

Separately, Theng Chanthy, police chief of Rattanakiri’s Lumphat district, said his forces had arrested three men for illegally transporting wood on Tuesday, but that they escaped yesterday.

“In the morning, they escaped while we were busy drilling a well to build a toilet,” he said.

Hak Siek Lim, spokesman for the Tbong Khmum provincial court, also said military police in his province arrested seven men for the same crime on Tuesday but they were still being held for questioning.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government denies claims former Thai PM Yingluck issued Cambodian passport

    Government officials on Thursday denied claims that a Cambodian passport was issued to former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who reportedly used it to register a company in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong-based English language South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Wednesday reported Hong Kong

  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as

  • Hun Sen warns Irish MP of EBA ‘mistake’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told former Irish premier Enda Kenny, still a member of the EU nation’s parliament, that the 28-nation bloc should not make a “third mistake” regarding Cambodia by using the preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement to “take 16 million

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading