Eleven loggers who were arrested by border police in Oddar Meanchey province have been released by police.
Provincial police said the group were detained by officers on Dangrek Mountain in Kon Kriel commune, after returning from an illegal logging trip to Thailand on Thursday morning.
Police confiscated 400 kilograms of timber, 11 axes and three saws from the group, who were all local villagers.
Deputy provincial police chief Lek Sokha said the eleven were released after being warned not to go logging in Thailand again.
“We allowed them to go home after they were detained overnight for questioning. They signed good behaviour contracts and their relatives, as well as village and commune chiefs, guaranteed they would keep an eye on them,” he said.
“We arrested them because we fear Thai soldiers might shoot them as has happened in previous years,” he added.
In a separate case, Thai police arrested two Cambodians and 36 Thais as they attempted to steal timber from Pang Sida national park in Thailand’s Sakeo province on Thursday.
The National Police said the group was sent to the Thai provincial police office.