Nine Arrested for Illegal Logging in Thailand

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A group of Cambodians was arrested yesterday for trying to illegally cross the border into Thailand. Supplied

Nine Cambodian men were arrested in Preah Vihear by Cambodian border police after allegedly crossing the border into Thailand’s Sisaket province to illegally harvest luxury Kranhuong trees near
 
the Dangrek Mountains, according to Deputy Chief of Choam Ksan District Police, Captain Has Yuth.
 
The arrests were made near Preah Vihear temple in Choam Ksan district, he added, and happened on Tuesday night.
 
The nine men, all Svay village residents, should consider themselves lucky, Capt. Yuth said.
 
“It was very dangerous. If they would have ran into Thai soldiers, they would have been shot,” he said, adding that his officers arrested the men while they were smuggling 33 pieces of luxury timber into Cambodia.
 
Police seized the wood as well as two saws and five axes. All timber was destroyed, Capt. Yuth said.
 
Although they were detained after their arrests for questioning, all nine men were released yesterday after promising police not to illegally log again.
 
To reduce the number of Cambodian fatalities at the hands of Thai border soldiers, Capt. Yuth has called on all Cambodian residents living in border provinces not to cross over into Thailand illegally, to log or otherwise.

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