Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rosewood bust at Tbong Khmum pepper field

Rosewood bust at Tbong Khmum pepper field

Officials load rosewood into a vehicle yesterday after it was seized from a pepper plantation by authorities in Tbong Khmum.
Officials load rosewood into a vehicle yesterday after it was seized from a pepper plantation by authorities in Tbong Khmum. Photo supplied

Rosewood bust at Tbong Khmum pepper field

Officers from Tbong Khmum provincial police’s anti-economic crime unit yesterday seized 36 pieces of luxury rosewood timber dumped in a pepper field in Memot district’s Memot commune.

Touch Sambat, deputy chief of the unit, said authorities were alerted by locals at about 6.30am that timber traffickers had deposited the 710 kilogram load on the plot in Sangkum Meanchey village.

Police chief Mao Pov then ordered his men to guard the expensive wood, which is illegal to log, until officials from the district Forestry Administration and the deputy provincial prosecutor could inspect the find, Sambat said.

“After the timber was seized, the rosewood was handed to Memot Forestry Administration experts to compile the lawsuit,” Sambat said.

Em Sokun, from the Memot Forestry Administration, said the body would request the provincial court further investigate the case to identify the timber traders’ identities.

Memot district sits on the border with Vietnam, a known destination for timber. According to a report released earlier this year by the NGO Forest Trends, a US-based NGO, timber exports from Cambodia to Vietnam more than tripled last year, with much of the wood illegal.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia’s image problem

    In opening remarks at a recent event, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luy David said information can be a double-edged sword. He told a European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) briefing seminar that the media has unfairly presented

  • Kingdom's trade deal with EU questioned before poll

    A European Union (EU) mission met with senior government officials at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday as the 28-member bloc monitors an agreement under which Cambodian goods reach the crucial European market tariff-free. Some 10 commissioners are in the Kingdom as part of a seven-day

  • A new carrier takes off in capital

    Cambodia Airways, the latest passenger airline to enter the Kingdom, launched its first domestic flight on Tuesday. Flight KR801, carrying 145 passengers, left the Phnom Penh International Airport at 9:50am and landed in Siem Reap at 10:35am in an Airbus A319. Cambodia Airways marketing and branding

  • Japan urges parties to talk

    The Japanese delegation to the United Nations (UN) expressed concern for the current political situation in Cambodia and urged all stakeholders to promote dialogue. The delegation’s remarks were read out at the UN’s 38th session on Human Rights on Thursday. Mitsuko Shino, speaking