Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Two men arrested, freed over Cardamom logging

Two men arrested, freed over Cardamom logging

Oum Ngat Say (left) and Sou Chan (right) were arrested on Friday for allegedly logging in a protected area of Pursat province.
Oum Ngat Say (left) and Sou Chan (right) were arrested on Friday for allegedly logging in a protected area of Pursat province. Photo supplied

Two men arrested, freed over Cardamom logging

Two men were arrested Friday by Pursat Provincial Military Police for allegedly logging in a protected area, only to be released yesterday at the request of the provincial Military Police commander, officials said yesterday.

The men were identified as Oum Ngat Say, 18, and Sou Chan, 32, from Veun Sai district in Ratanakkiri province, according to a statement from the National Police. The men were using two chainsaws to cut down large, first-grade Reach Kol trees in the Cardamon Mountains in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district.

Sou Sovandy, deputy provincial Military Police commander, said it was unlikely that the men would be sent to court.

“I heard that my boss [the provincial commander] advised to have them educated,” he said, adding the men were asked to sign a contract promising not to repeat the offence.

Provincial Military Police Commander Uk Samon confirmed the two men were released yesterday morning because they were poor villagers from an ethnic Jarai community.

“They were educated and released,” he said. “[There was] no . . . punishment because they are absolutely poor.”

He added that the men had been employed by others, and that authorities are searching for their employer or those behind the illegal logging.

Pan Morakat, director of the provincial Environment Department, which oversees the protected area, declined to comment yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Woman detained for murder of hairdresser over unpaid $1K debt

    A woman has been held in connection with the murder of a 40-year-old widow. The victim’s daughter claims the motive was the suspect’s unpaid four million riel ($1,000) debt to her mother. The 17-year-old girl, Pich Sievmey, said her mother, Koem Yaneang, a hairdresser

  • ‘Life goes on’ if Cambodia loses Everything But Arms

    Cambodia's business sector is exploring ways to mitigate any fallout from a possible loss of access to the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement as talks continue before the 28-member bloc makes a final decision. The EU monitoring process is set to conclude in

  • Nesat beach: A magnet drawing tourists to the Kingdom’s coastline

    A white sandy beach lined by countless coconut trees awaits travellers off Cambodia’s southwest coast in Koh Kong province’s Srae Ambel district, about 170km from Phnom Penh. Over the past few years Nesat beach – a name inspired by a nearby fishing village – has

  • Woman confesses to murder, dismemberment over debt

    The daughter of a woman who was killed and dismembered in Phnom Penh earlier this month requested the authorities on Wednesday to impose the death penalty on the woman who killed her mother, after listening to the killer confess and describe her gruesome actions without