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Crackdown targets timber workshop

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An officer inside the illegal workshop. Supplied

A timber workshop in Ratanakkiri’s Banlung town was raided and temporarily closed on Sunday for operating without a licence from the forestry administration.

Town police chief Un Sideth said the workshop had been warned several times to obtain a licence but repeatedly failed to do so.

“The crackdown was led by the court prosecutor and we joined the operation. They had been told to request a licence at least twice before, but refused to do so,” he said. “The workshop processed luxury wood and belonged to a Cambodian. We seized wood and tools,” added Mr Sideth.

Ra Borany, deputy prosecutor at Ratanakkiri provincial court, said some irregularities were found at the workshop.

“We did not detain the owner but they have to pay a fine according to forestry laws,” he said.

Mr Borany said the wood and other evidence seized in the raid were sent to the Lumphat forestry administration office.

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