Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Timber seized in three separate raids

Timber seized in three separate raids

Authorities stand in front of seized illegal timber last week in Kampong Speu province. Photo supplied
Authorities stand in front of seized illegal timber last week in Kampong Speu province. Photo supplied

Timber seized in three separate raids

Authorities seized more than 30 cubic metres of luxury timber and roughly 1,000 kilograms of illegal rosewood in separate raids in three provinces over the weekend.

Chea Hean, head of the Natural Resource and Wildlife Preservation Organization, said he and Pursat environmental officials confiscated and burned 25 cubic metres of wood in a protected forest on Saturday.

Prak Sileng, leader of the patrol group, said “we found two production locations. One had been abandoned for a long time. We found the wood at the other location.”

Sileng explained that the wood was burned because it was too difficult to transport.

In a separate case, military police confiscated 1,200 kilograms of rosewood in Kampong Chhnang’s Teuk Phos district on Saturday night.

“The military police reported to the provincial prosecutor that they had confiscated the wood,” said Long Sitha, spokesman for the Kampong Chhang Provincial Court. “Now the Forestry Administration is working on the case”, he added.

Meanwhile, Kampong Speu authorities confiscated 12 cubic metres of luxury wood on Friday night that was being transported to Vietnam, according to court spokesman In Sovanthany.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince injured, wife dies after accident

    THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec

  • Bun Heang mocks US, threatens its citizens in scathing open letter

    After being hit with sanctions from the US Department of Treasury, Cambodian General Hing Bun Heang said he would retaliate against any US national who does not respect his country’s sovereignty, has ambitions to invade Cambodia or incites “traitors” in the Kingdom to do

  • Ranariddh 'seriously injured', his wife dies in accident in Preah Sihanouk

    THE wife of former first prime minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh has died. Ouk Phalla succumbed to injuries sustained in a traffic accident on National Road 4 in Preah Sihanouk’s Prey Nub district this morning. She and the prince were immediately rushed to the Preah Sihanouk

  • US slammed over BGU head as Foreign Ministry says sanctions violate international principles

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC) has condemned the US Department of Treasury for its sanctions, announced on Tuesday, against Cambodian General Hing Bun Heang for his alleged role in infringing human rights. In a statement, the ministry said it is disturbing