Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ratanakkiri police seize timber, build court cases



Ratanakkiri police seize timber, build court cases

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Timber found in a river in Ratanakkiri province’s O’Yadav district. Police

Ratanakkiri police seize timber, build court cases

Ratanakkiri provincial police have handed over a mix of 33 pieces of timber to provincial environmental officials as evidence to build a court case after they were seized in O’Yadav district.

Provincial Department of Environment director Phon Khemerin said on Monday that he had received many kinds of timber from experts this month.

A joint force conducted an operation on July 11 near Kampong Chamlang on the Tonle Sesan River in O’Yadav district’s Sesan commune.

“I saw all of the pieces already. Now our officials are measuring them,” Khemerin said.

Provincial Military Police commander Thav Yen said: “We handed over the evidence to environment officials for further legal proceedings.

“But a timber owner managed to escape. We have continued to carry out this crackdown, not forgiving any timber trader. We have taken measures in all forms against them,” Yen said.

He said that ahead of the operation, police forces had used motorboats to patrol the river in the district. Then, they spotted the timber hidden there by traders. They seized the timber and handed it over to provincial environment officials for further legal proceedings.

In a separate case last month, a joint force in Kampong Speu raided a timber-processing facility in Sangke Satoap commune in Oral district, seizing 25 pieces of second-grade timber. The owner escaped.

Kampong Speu provincial Department of Environment deputy director Nov Nak said on Monday that some 50 joint police forces raided a timber-processing facility. All the timber was hidden in a pond.

“We cracked down on the facility. We didn’t meet with a facility owner as he escaped. A house connected to the facility was locked.

“Then we requested the top leadership to decide to raid the location. But the owner lifted the timber into the water and secretly transported away some wood-cutting machines,” Nak said.

ACNCIPO director Chea Hean said his organisation had joined the local authorities to crack down on the offences. “But regrettably, they didn’t detain the timber owner.

“Besides the timber, we found some samples of wood-cutting machines dismantled by traders,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh curfew starts today

    A two-week curfew from 8pm to 5am starts today in Phnom Penh, a day after a sub-decree detailing administrative measures to contain Covid-19 was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Travelling in Phnom Penh is temporally banned between 8pm and 5am,” said Phnom Penh governor

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Time to Rise by rapper, chapei legend is viral hit with ancient-modern mix

    Kong Nay is known internationally as the master of the chapei dang veng, a traditional Cambodian instrument resembling a long-necked lute or guitar with two nylon strings that he was already playing professionally by the age of 15. Nay is sometimes referred to as the Cambodian

  • Cambodia set for large-scale vaccination campaign as Covid spreads

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed all provincial authorities to get ready for a large-scale vaccination campaign, with at least one million doses to be administered per month. “We will roll out at least one million doses. The vaccines we have purchased and received as