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Vietnamese charged with illegal entry for logging

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The four Vietnamese nationals accused of illegal entry into Cambodia. Supplied

Ratanakkiri Provincial Court yesterday charged four Vietnamese nationals over illegal entry into Cambodia to carry out logging, according to a court official.

The four Vietnamese nationals were arrested in Ratanakkiri province for illegal logging along the border with Vietnam on Saturday. The men were arrested while in possession of cutting tools near the protected Kantuy Neak area by officers from the Ministry of Environment.

Chea Pich, chief prosecutor of the provincial court, said the four were charged with illegal entry into Cambodia.

He declined to comment further and referred questions to the provincial environment department.

Provincial environment department officers were accused of corruption in a local media report for taking bribes because they visited the area where the logging was taking place before Ministry of Environment officers and made no arrests.

Department director Phon Khemrin could not be reached for comment.

The four Vietnamese men were identified as Ngo Vann Ngoc, 58, Dam Duk Jung, 25, Don Ngoc Tan, 24, and Chin Ngoc Ving, 22.

Ra Borany, spokesman for the provincial court, said they have been detained at the provincial prison pending their trial.

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