Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Vietnamese, Cambodian loggers busted



Vietnamese, Cambodian loggers busted

Four Vietnamese nationals pose for a photograph with authorities after they were arrested for allegedly transporting illegal timber on Monday in Mondulkiri province. Photo supplied
Four Vietnamese nationals pose for a photograph with authorities after they were arrested for allegedly transporting illegal timber on Monday in Mondulkiri province. Photo supplied

Vietnamese, Cambodian loggers busted

Seven Vietnamese nationals and two Cambodians were arrested on Monday in a timber bust in Ratanakkiri province.

Deputy provincial police chief in charge of immigration Chea Bunthoeun said the suspects were apprehended while allegedly cutting wood in Lumphat district.

“When we found [the Vietnamese], we arrested them because they did not have passports and were caught committing a crime red-handed,” said Bunthoeun. The two Cambodians were arrested driving a makeshift truck to transport oil and food for the Vietnamese loggers, he said.

Police seized eight chainsaws and other wood-cutting equipment. Bunthoeun said the authorities questioned the suspects at provincial police headquarters, where they confessed to arriving in Ratanakkiri four or five days earlier to collect thnong and sokram timber. They are due to appear in court today.

In a separate case, also on Monday, Mondulkiri province officials arrested four Vietnamese nationals and confiscated three chainsaws and four motorbikes in a protected area in Koh Nhek district.

Keo Sopheak, director of the Mondulkiri’s provincial environment department, said the Vietnamese men crossed the border illegally to log trees in the protected area: “They had cut luxury timber . . . and they were found when authorities were on patrol.”

The Vietnamese loggers face charges of illegal logging in a protected area, collecting timber without permission and crossing the border illegally, said Sopheak.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • Quarantine site in north Phnom Penh inaugurated

    A four-building quarantine centre in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district was formally inaugurated on January 6. The centre can house up to 500 people, according to Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng. At the inauguration ceremony, Sreng said the municipal hall had cooperated with the Ministry

  • ‘Beware of WhatsApp fraudsters’

    The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications warned members of the public who use WhatsApp to vigilantly guard against a new trick employed by hackers that involves the use of six-digit codes sent to potential victims via the popular messaging app. The ministry said hackers could