Interior Ministry and Mondulkiri provincial forestry department officials have denied a Radio Free Asia report saying that timber is being illegally smuggled from the province to Vietnam.
In October, RFA cited anonymous local sources who said that timber is regularly smuggled using modified SUVs through corridors in Pich Chreada district.
Officials from the ministry’s central department of border police earlier this month investigated the case and have since concluded that there are no such cases as reported by RFA Khmer.
Lieutenant General Hou Sakun, director of the CDBP, declined to comment.
However, last week Lt Gen Sakun denied RFA’s report in a statement.
“After the report by Radio Free Asia, CDBP forces went down to the site along with provincial authorities and police,” he said. “There was not such case as RFA reported.”
Last week, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said RFA is free to reopen its in-country office so long as it follows government regulations.
Full story in Tuesday’s paper