Three arrested in Thailand on timber charges

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Authorities with the accused men and the wood seized. Supplied

Three Cambodians were arrested on Wednesday in Thailand after they were caught logging rosewood.

According to a report in The Nation, the three men were arrested as they were entering a national park in Nakhon Ratchasima province to cut valuable trees with at least 20 others.

Officials monitoring security cameras of the Tublan National Park in Khon Buri district were alerted by a camera at 12.15am on Wednesday.

Most of the men fled but three of them, identified as Riew Ri, 20, Setha Chan, 25, and Kae Wuen, 47, were arrested.
A chainsaw and a handsaw were seized from them.

The three said they were hired by a Thai man to illegally fell Siamese Rosewood trees in the park. They said they had sneaked across the border on Saturday.

In August, four Cambodian men were arrested by Thai authorities for illegal logging in a forest being conserved by a Buddhist monastery in Thailand’s Surin province. The Cambodians were among 16 loggers who were caught in the forest with felled Siamese rosewood trees and logging tools.

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