Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Thailand police detain 16 loggers




Thailand police detain 16 loggers

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Nine Cambodian men arrested for logging in Thailand pose for a police photo in Preah Vihear province last year. Photo supplied

Thailand police detain 16 loggers

Sixteen Cambodians from Battambang are being detained at a prison in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province following their arrests on Monday for alleged illegal logging, Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday.

The arrests are indicative of a shift by the Thai government away from shooting Cambodian loggers found in the country – a practice that stretches back years.

According to the statement, the Thai Forestry Administration, along with local authorities, were patrolling the Pang Sida National Park in Sa Kaeo when they discovered 21 Cambodians logging rosewood trees.

Five of the loggers managed to escape. “On May 23, the Thai police sent the 16 people to a prison in Sa Kaeo province,” the statement reads. Police also confiscated one saw, a gun and nine phones.

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
An illegal logger receives medical treatment in Oddar Meanchey province in 2015 after he was shot in the arm by Thai soldiers. Photo supplied

The Cambodian Foreign Ministry and Thai officials didn’t respond to requests for comment.

National Police spokesman Kirt Chatharith said that 69 Cambodians were fatally shot by Thai solders after crossing the border in 2013. Since then, the number has dropped consistently, to nine in 2014, five in 2015, two in 2016, and so far none have been reported this year.

“In almost all meetings with Thai authorities, we always suggest them to please not shoot them,” he said, adding that he welcomed the recent arrests and hopes the practice will continue.

“Both sides should obey the humanitarian law, rather than shooting people like animals,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hungarian exposes 90 to Covid in Siem Reap

    The Ministry of Health has discovered 90 people who have been exposed directly or indirectly to a Hungarian man infected with Covid-19. They all are required to quarantine at home and the hospital. The ministry is searching for other affected people. Among the 90, one is the

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • PM warns of ‘new Cold War’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the possibility of a so-called new Cold War has become a significant concern and that all countries have to reject outright, any attempt to allow history to tragically repeat itself. He made the remarks in a speech during 75th Session

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • First ‘mobile kitchen’ in Cambodia enters service

    A catering company recently rolled out Cambodia’s first “mobile kitchen” – a $50,000 container capable of serving up to 200 people at a time. The kitchen is the brainchild of Seng Hok Heng Catering Services. At 4.4m-high, 6.8m-long and 2.4m-wide (expandable to 6.8m), the kitchen is equipped