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Re: World Environment Day: Update! Illegal Logging has Finished.

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:28 am

This article on the power struggle between Environment and Agriculture ministries came out a couple of weeks ago. Worth a read:
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/weekend/turf-war-124889/

Someone forgot to tell the loggers that illegal logging and transporting wood to Vietnam has in fact stopped.

Loggers Caught Trafficking Timber in 8 Trucks Bound for Vietnam
by Aun Pheap | February 24, 2017
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Authorities in Mondolkiri province seized eight trucks about to cross into Vietnam with illegally logged timber from the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary and arrested seven of the drivers, six of them Vietnamese nationals, a provincial military police commander said on Thursday.

Sak Sarang, the commander, said a mixed force of more than 120 personnel converged on the O’houch border checkpoint in Keo Seima district acting on a tip-off from local authorities that illegal timber was crossing into Vietnam on a regular basis.

The government placed a blanket ban on all timber exports to Vietnam in January last year, in a tacit admission that much of it was illegal. However, Vietnamese customs data obtained by the U.S. NGO Forest Trends shows that tens of thousands of cubic meters of timber worth millions of dollars have still managed to make it through.

During Wednesday’s operation in Mondolkiri, authorities saw a total of 10 timber-loaded trucks lined up at the border checkpoint, but failed to stop two of them before they slipped across, said Keo Sopheak, the province’s environment department director.

The other trucks “drove into Vietnam and we did not dare to chase them,” he said. “We think our Khmer border protection officials opened the gate for those Vietnamese people because they could not enter Cambodia if we do not let them in.”...
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Re: World Environment Day: Update! Illegal Logging has Finished.

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:49 pm

Mondulkiri crackdown. In a huge corruption sting by government officials investigating illegal logging, two policemen will possibly have to pay some sort of fine for corruption, while others will be promoted elsewhere...

Timber graft case snares officers
More than 10 police and military officers in Mondulkiri province have been summoned for questioning over a big corruption case involving illegal timber exports to Vietnam.
The order came from the National Commission to Prevent and Suppress Natural Resources Offenses, which was set up by the government in December.

Two police officials could face court action, while others may be punished and moved to another location.

Details of a crackdown on the illegal trade of taking timber across the border were set out in a letter from National Police chief Neth Savoeun to Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Thursday last week.
It said five police officers from the Kok Ou Huch border station, five from Ou Chum police station and some border military officials had fled.

The letter said Ou Chum police chief Chum Rotana and military officials Tea Khaimeng and Em Sokhour conspired with Vietnamese timber broker Ouk Nhor to run the timber operation after a $170,000 bribe.
The letter added that $85,000 went to Mr. Khaimeng and Mr. Sokhour and the rest to Mr. Rotana to share with five other officials.

National Police concluded that 11 police officials and two military officials conspired with the Vietnamese broker in cutting down forest timber and taking it illegally into Vietnam...
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/36585/ ... -officers/
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