Officials clear land at Vietnamese border

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Irregularities have been found in the Mondulkiri provincial administration over clearing state land to make way for timber smuggling to Vietnam.

An investigation has been launched to find the officers responsible.

San Sopheak, the deputy prosecutor of the Mondulkiri Provincial Court, confirmed there were irregularities, but said it was still unknown how many were actively responsible for it.

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“We’re the prosecution unit, the case is not in our hands yet. This is still the stage of preliminary investigation,” he said.

According to Mr Sopheak, only land clearance had been uncovered. Other forestry crime had not been identified as of yet.

Provincial governor Svay Sam Ang did not reply to requests for comments.

Contacted by phone yesterday to ask about the land clearance, Mondulkiri provincial cabinet chief Hiek Sophan declined to comment and instead referred to a recent article by media outlet Fresh News.

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The report accused border military and police of clearing the land ahead of the construction of a road in La Pakhe village.

The outlet also identified three officers thought to have direct links to these operations: Van Chantheary, border military; Some Samnang, border commander; and Bou Sam Ol, La Pakhe border post chief. None of them could be reached for comment.

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