Pair held on logging charges
Two men in custody over illegal logging A prominent businessman and son of a senior police officer has been arrested for illegally transporting luxury timber logs across the country.
Police say Veasna Phanthana, also known as Chhorm Veasna, 33, a timber businessman living in Kampong Speu province, had been on the run for a month when he was arrested on Wednesday night.
He is also the son of Lieutenant Colonel Chheng Long, deputy commander of Kampong Speu provincial military police.
He was questioned at Kampong Speu provincial court yesterday and then remanded in custody.
Mr. Phantana’s two trucks were found to be carrying a large load of luxury timber logs when they were stopped by military police in Phsar Samaky village, in Kampong Speu province’s Chbar Morn district on March 11.
He ran off while the trucks were being checked and police later found a large quantity of illegal logs at his warehouses nearby.
A second man, Major Choeun Theng, 37, a military officer working with the 3rd Military Region in Kampong Speu province, was arrested on April 5.
He has since been jointly charged with storing and transporting luxury timber logs without authorization.
If convicted, the men face prison terms of up to five years as well as fines of ten million riel ($2,500) to 100 million riel ($25,000).
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