Four charged over makeshift charcoal facility

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The four accused charged over an illegal charcoal business. Fresh News

Kratie Provincial Court has charged four people, including a Vietnamese national, for running an illegal charcoal processing facility in Snuol district.

The four were identified as Siv Kimly, Korm Sobin, Soun Vanndy and Vietnamese national Ho Sunchoeun.

They were arrested and sent to court on Saturday after provincial forestry administration authorities found the four allegedly ran the processing facility.

Judge In Manit on Monday charged the four accused for breaching parts of the Protected Areas Law.

“Forces sent the accused to the Kratie provincial prison after properly implementing the law,” Judge Manit said. “The Kratie provincial prison director has taken and detained the accused until further notice.”

Judge Manit yesterday said a complaint from provincial environment department officials was filed and that the four accused had confessed to processing resources from a protected forest.

“We have examined the facts and evidence that the environmental officials had complained about,” she said. “Those people also confessed that they operated the facility illegally for many years. We have decided to temporarily detain them.”

Duong Chhay Savuth, director of the provincial environmental department, yesterday said he found out about the facility following an investigation.

“The facility operated within tents near a village where people live. We asked village and commune authorities if they knew about it,” Mr Chhay Savuth said. “We checked the area then we found out that the four had been operating charcoal kilns without permit. We followed legal procedure and sent the case to court.”

He added that he could not elaborate on what evidence has been submitted to court, but noted that 11 kilns were used to burn resources into charcoal.

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