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Thai timber found with Khmer script

Thai timber found with Khmer script

More than 100 pieces of luxury rosewood bearing Cambodian names and a phone number were found by Thai police and forest conservation officers in a national park in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province on Tuesday.

Chhun Chhit, chief of Cambodia-Thailand border police communications at the Kbal Spean Malai border checkpoint, said yesterday five chainsaws were found with the 111 pieces of timber, which bore five names in Khmer script.

“According to the information from Thai police, the discovery of the rosewood and chainsaws occurred after the arrest of six Cambodian workers walking out of the national park,” Chhit said.

“However the six workers have not been charged with involvement in rosewood logging in the national park. They were deported back to Cambodia.’’

In a separate incident, also in Sa Kaeo, more than 80 Cambodians were arrested for allegedly crossing into Thailand illegally to find work, according to Chhun Lon, director of the border communication office at the Phnom Dey checkpoint in Battambang province.

“Now they are being interrogated by Thai police’’ and will soon be deported, he said.

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