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Raid targets illegal wildlife restaurant

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The owner of the restaurant was arrested during the police operation. Supplied

Wildlife Alliance staff and local authority officials in Kampong Speu province’s Phnom Sruoch district raided a restaurant on Monday afternoon, arresting the owner and seizing various wildlife, dead and alive.

Musk deer meat and live pangolins, civets and turtles were among the haul seized, according to a Wildlife Alliance representative.

“We also arrested the restaurant’s owner Siek Socheat, 32,” the official said, adding the man will appear in court today.

Phnom Sruoch district police chief Say Bunthorn said his forces joined the raid.

“We confiscated some meat, as well as eight turtles, two pangolins and four civets,” he said. “This is the first case related to wildlife being sold in my district this year.”

The National Military Police along with the Wildlife Alliance NGO last month raided a restaurant in Pursat town, seizing about 20 kilograms of dead and alive wildlife.

The owner in that case admitted his wrong doing and said he bought the animals to support villagers.

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