Five Vietnamese Arrested for Mining

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In an effort to stop an illegal mining operations in Rattanakiri province, authorities on Friday arrested five Vietnamese nationals believed to be involved, police said yesterday.
Provincial police chief Nguon Koeun said: “The Vietnamese men have been sent to court so legal action can be taken against them.”
Mr. Koeun added that his officials were investigating how the Vietnamese men were able to illegally mine for gold in the country.
O’Yadav district deputy police chief Im Sar told Khmer Times that the arrests happened after a raid of the mining site in Paknhai commune and police seized a car and some equipment that was used to dig for gold.
But Mr. Sar declined to reveal the names of the Vietnamese men who were arrested.
“After receiving a call from undercover officers, a group of officials consisting of military police, provincial police and provincial mines and energy department officials went down and arrested the Vietnamese people at the mining compound,” Mr. Sar said.
Aged between 22 and 52, the suspects hail from several provinces in Vietnam, including three from Thai Nguyen, one from Dak Nong and one from Thanh Hoa.

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