Vietnamese firm is still logging illegally: Adhoc
Employees reportedly working for the controversial Company 72 have allegedly been illegally felling timber in a community forest in Ratanakkiri province’s O’Yadav district and shipping it across the Vietnamese border, community members and Adhoc said yesterday. Romas Svat, a community representative in Paknhai commune’s Lom village, said he and three other villagers who were patrolling the community forest on Sunday came across a camp of Vietnamese loggers in possession of as many as 40 logs, each up to 10 metres long. … The felled timber, he [Adhoc coordinator Chhay Thy] said, was taken into Vietnam through a border checkpoint without intervention from authorities. However, Sen Voeurn, the police chief in nearby Yatung commune, denied allegations of logging. “The forest in that area has been cleared and planted with rubber since last year. There’s no forest there,” he said.