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Illegal Vietnamese loggers deported

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The group of illegal loggers were caught and deported back to Vietnam. Supplied

Court officials and the police deported ten Vietnamese nationals on Monday after the men were arrested for allegedly crossing the border and illegally logging.

Brigadier General Chea Bunthoeun, deputy chief of Ratanakkiri provincial police, said the suspects were arrested in O’Yadaw district’s Sesan commune.

“We arrested ten Vietnamese men and confiscated three trucks that were used to illegally cross our border. They were suspected of committing forest crimes,” Mr Bunthoeun said.

Mr Bunthoeun said that a deportation order was issued by the provincial prosecutor and high level officials. The men were deported back to Vietnam through the O’Yadaw international border checkpoint.

“We deported them based on the agreement between Cambodia and Vietnam,” Mr Bunthoeun said, adding that the deportation order depended on the severity of their crime.

In the first quarter of 2018, there’s been one case of Vietnamese nationals illegally crossing the border to commit forest crimes. In 2017, there were three cases of more than ten Vietnamese nationals crossing the border to log the forest.

Nguon Koeun, Ratanakkiri provincial police chief, declined to comment.

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