Mondulkiri Provincial Court yesterday freed a Vietnamese couple arrested for trying to transport timber to their homeland after they paid a fine.
Local media identified them as Vieng Van Thinh, 50, and his wife Le Yong, 43.
Koh Nhek district police chief Khlaut Sothea said the couple was arrested on Thursday while attempting to cross the border in Ratanakkiri province with the timber in their car.
“We found 21 pieces of timber inside their car and sent both of them with the car and its contents to the provincial police,” he said, declining to comment on how police knew they were transporting the timber.
“The duo confessed that they were attempting to transport the timber for household use through Ratanakkiri where there is a border connecting with Vietnam,” he added.
A provincial police report said that following the arrests the suspects were sent to the provincial court.
Court spokesman Morm Vanda said that the case was settled after the suspects agreed to pay the relevant forestry law fine and because the crime only involved transportation.
“We questioned them and it appears that the case is not related to other charges. They bought the timber from a local in Koh Nhek district,” he said.