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Timber tycoon sent to jail

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Tycoon Soeng Sam Ol being escorted to the court by military police on Friday. Police

Mondolkiri provincial Court has charged well-known timber tycoon Soeng Sam Ol and his two managers with four counts  involving timber crime on Friday.

Mam Vanda, spokesman of Mondolkiri provincial court said on Saturday that the provincial court has charged tycoon Soeng Sam Ol and his two managers with four counts of crime involving timber crime. The provincial court also decided to send Mr Sam Ol and his managers to pretrial detention at the provincial prison on Friday evening.

“The investigation judge decided to send them to pretrial detention at the provincial prison on Friday evening already,” said Mr Vanda.

According to the charges, they will face imprisonment between one to five years and they will face fines between 10 million  to 100 million riel, Mr Vanda said.

Mr Sam Ol and his two managers were arrested on Tuesday by the joint-task force for allegedly operating an illegal logging operation in Mondulkiri province. The three were questioned by the provincial court yesterday.

On Wednesday, the NCFCP used TNT to destroy four out of 48 trucks seized following Mr Sam Ol’s arrest.

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