Mysterious fire destroys 'illegal' timber (yet again).

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Mysterious fire destroys 'illegal' timber (yet again).

Post by Anchor Moy » Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:19 pm

How to save face ? Burn the evidence.
Hundreds of cubic meters of timber on a Mondulkiri economic land concession leased to the Uni-Green Company burned to the ground yesterday after an alleged fire from a nearby forest jumped to the property,..

During the NADC’s months-long crackdown on deforestation crimes, similar fires have destroyed timber belonging to the Bin Phea Company, the Khmer Angkor Agriculture Company and Dai Nam.

Yesterday’s blaze took place on the 8,000 hectare ELC in Kor Nhek district leased to the China-based Uni-Green Company in 2009 for the purpose of developing a rubber plantation. The company is owned by Chua Kwaseng.

Ouch Leng, president of the Human Rights Task force (CHRTF), questioned the true cause of the fire. The timber, he said, did not burn by itself. He raised questions about why the timber was the only thing to burn on the plantation, and where the officials who were supposed to be inspecting the timber were when the blaze broke out.
It was reported under the pretext that the company’s timber was burned by a fire from the forest nearby, but I think it was set in order to destroy evidence that the committee could have used to find out who the real owner of the timber was and whether it was legal or not,” Mr. Leng said... ... stigation/

Reminder: the NADC or the National Anti-deforestation Committee was set up in Jan 2016 by the Big Man himself. For some strange reason, fires of logged timber have been breaking out all over the place ever since.
This Mr Leng has a suspicious mind - good luck to him. Stay safe and don't get near those fires.
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