Forestry administration officials and a deputy prosecutor in Ratanakkiri province yesterday deemed four trucks laden with timber as legal after a raid was carried out on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, deputy prosecutor Ra Borany joined forestry administration officials to seize the trucks that were set to depart from an economic land concession belonging to the Chang Ly Company in Andaung Meas district.
“There were trucks loaded with timber suspected to be illegal, but the forestry administration chief was checking the trucks and no one was arrested,” said Mr Borany.
Bakeo Forestry Administration chief Leng Yuk said that the timber turned out to be legal because the company was given the rights on the land concession.
“The trucks were first suspected of carrying unregistered timber, but the timber actually belonged to the company legally,” he said. “If they were illegal, the prosecutor would have seized them.”
“Instead of seizing the wood, we even processed the legal documents for them because the trucks were transporting the timber correctly,” he added.