Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Siem Reap officials shut down timber processing facility



Siem Reap officials shut down timber processing facility

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The illegal sawmill in Siem Reap was raided and shuttered by police on Friday. GRK News

Siem Reap officials shut down timber processing facility

The Siem Reap provincial Forestry Administration on Monday identified the owner of an illegal wood processing facility in Siem Reap town’s Chreav commune after he escaped authorities when they raided it on Friday.

Administration chief Mong Bunlim confirmed on Monday that officials had identified the owner, who was operating his facility without the proper permits, but he couldn’t reveal the name because the investigation is ongoing.

During the raid, officials confiscated two large chainsaws and 36 first grade timber logs which were impounded at the provincial forestry administration office.

Bunlim said: “We want the owner of the facility to turn himself in and solve the issue under the law, or else we will send the case to the court.

“We questioned the workers and we know the owner’s identity, but we won’t disclose it while we wait for him to appear,” he said.

Provincial Military Police commander Por Vannit said on Monday that provincial and national Military Police cooperated with the provincial court to carry out the raid before handing the case to the Forestry Administration.

In a separate case, Kratie provincial Military Police confiscated 45 planks of first-grade timber in Snuol district on Friday after locals witnessed the crime and reported it to police.

Provincial Military Police commander San Bunthan said on Monday that the officials did not find any suspects and they’re still searching for the owner.

“We seized the wood and handed it over to the provincial Forestry Administration to take further action after the owner escaped. We are searching for the person,” he said.

Provincial Forestry Administration director Nuon Pov Ratana declined to comment.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia's cluster cases jump to 259

    The Ministry of Health on February 27 recorded 26 more cases of Covid-19 linked to the February 20 community transmission, bringing the total to 259 in one week. The 26 include three Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. The ministry noted that five of the Chinese