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Fight forest crimes, PM urges

Prime Minister Hun Sen declared a passion for forest protection yesterday, urging officials to improve the efficiency of forest crime prevention. ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5079501/fight-forest-crimes-pm-urges/

Plans spilt for oil refinery

A mysterious cluster of crude oil storage tanks recently constructed on the coast near Kampot are linked to a $400 million project by timber baron Try Pheap to build an industrial park and oil refinery, government officials confirmed yesterday. ...

Kali Kotoski and Cheng Sokhorng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/plans-spilt-oil-refinery

Timber baron branches into fuel

Timber baron Try Pheap, who has previously been accused of running large-scale illegal timber operations in protected forest areas and making millions off the Kingdom’s natural resources, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday to launch a new business venture, PAPA Petroleum Co Ltd. ...

Kali Kotoski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/timber-baron-branches-fuel

Try Pheap inks $300M seaport deal with Hong Kong company

Timber magnate Try Pheap signed off on a $300 million seaport project with industry heavyweight Hutchison Port Holdings on Monday, according to Kep provincial governor Ken Sotha, who attended the event. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/try-pheap-inks-300m-seaport-deal-with-hong-kong-company-113314/

Government blocks alleged letter granting logs to try pheap

The government is refusing to release copies of letters it claims to have sent to timber traders Try Pheap and Lim Bunna giving them permission to collect already felled wood on a pair of canceled economic land concessions (ELCs) inside a wildlife sanctuary. ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/government-blocks-alleged-letter-granting-logs-to-try-pheap-107118/

Try Pheap gets new ELC amid freeze, governor says

Timber magnate Try Pheap and businessman Lim Bunna were granted economic land concessions (ELCs) on property inside a wildlife sanctuary confiscated from two other companies for violating their government contracts, a provincial governor told a meeting of officials on Monday. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/try-pheap-gets-new-elc-amid-freeze-governor-says-105822/

Gov’t warns of lawsuit over new illegal logging report

Environment and agriculture ministry officials Wednesday warned the authors of a new report accusing the government of colluding with timber magnate Try Pheap to illegally log the protected forests of northeastern Cambodia that they could be sued unless they made changes to the text. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/govt-warns-of-lawsuit-over-new-illegal-logging-report-92665/

Lawyer asks municipal court to consider tycoon’s son’s obesity

The lawyer for Duong Udomchorvin, who slapped the son of logging tycoon Try Pheap in a Phnom Penh tattoo parlor in April, told a hearing at the municipal court Thursday that his obese client’s poor health should be taken into account in sentencing. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/lawyer-asks-municipal-court-to-consider-tycoons-sons-obesity-91097/

Families fear eviction in dispute with Try Pheap

Twenty-three families in a village in Pursat province currently embroiled in a land dispute with a company owned by tycoon Try Pheap have claimed that authorities are putting pressure on locals in an attempt to quash the issue. ...

May Titthara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/families-fear-eviction-dispute-try-pheap

Pheap’s pledge sought

A forest peoples’ network has appealed to tycoon Try Pheap to issue a written commitment to put a halt to his companies’ deforestation activities after he told the Post last week that his logging days are over. ...

May Titthara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pheaps-pledge-sought

Lawmaker asks PM for probe of Try Pheap’s SEZ

CNRP lawmaker Un Sam An sent a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday asking for an investigation of Try Pheap’s Special Economic Zone in Ratanakkiri province, saying that the timber magnate is misusing the site to export illegally logged trees to Vietnam.   ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/lawmaker-asks-hun-sen-for-probe-of-try-pheaps-sez-89251/

Logging baron claims tree-felling days over

Preah Vihear province Try Pheap wants to turn over a new leaf.In an exclusive interview with the Post at the opening ceremony of his vast plantation in Preah Vihear province on Sunday, the media-shy tycoon spoke of a desire to cultivate a new image – ...

May Titthara and Daniel Pye
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/logging-baron-claims-tree-felling-days-over

Minister helps open controversial tycoon’s new rubber farm

Environment Minister Say Sam Al was in Preah Vihear province on Sunday to help inaugurate Try Pheap’s newest project, a $52-million rubber plantation and additional facilities that the timber magnate has cleared thousands of hectares of protected forest to build. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/minister-helps-open-controversial-tycoons-new-rubber-farm-88896/

Lawmakers accuse tycoons of illegal logging

CNRP lawmakers have written to Prime Minister Hun Sen asking him to stop the ongoing illegal logging of northeast Cambodia’s Virachey National Park, which they said they witnessed during a recent trip and blamed on businessmen An Mady and Try Pheap. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/lawmakers-accuse-tycoons-of-illegal-logging-87808/

Logging’s roots deep

Hun Sen’s Cambodia has been shaped by the collection of illegal timber dollars, profiting a politically connected elite and in turn ensuring the ruling party’s grip on the state apparatus, a leading Australian researcher has said. Sarah Milne, a research fellow at the Australian National University, ...

Daniel Pye
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/loggings-roots-deep

Overloaded Try Pheap Trucks Stopped in Kratie; 11 Others Escape

Authorities in Kratie province moved to stop a convoy of trucks belonging to tycoon Try Pheap overloaded with first-grade timber on Sunday, but were only able to pull over five of the vehicles, which were found to be carrying nearly double the amount of cargo ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/overloaded-try-pheap-trucks-stopped-in-kratie-11-others-escape-78636/

Parliamentary committee to investigate illegal logging

A parliamentary committee will look into allegations of illegal logging and timber exports, where big money and deep corruption have led to conflict, deforestation and tax fraud. Opposition lawmaker Ho Vann, who leads the National Assembly committee, told VOA Khmer he is looking into evidence and ...

Sok Khemara
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/parliamentary-committee-to-investigate-illegal-logging/2650379.html

NGO Global Witness hits back at ministry

The government’s apparent unwillingness to take seriously evidence of continued large-scale illegal logging orchestrated by the Try Pheap Group is “disappointing”, Global Witness said yesterday. A report released last week by the UK-based group titled The Cost of Luxury detailed evidence, collected during an eight-month covert ...

Daniel Pye
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/ngo-global-witness-hits-back-ministry

Claims by Global Witness rejected

Minister of Agriculture Ouk Rabun yesterday dismissed allegations of large-scale illegal timber smuggling by the Try Pheap Group published in a report by UK-based corruption monitor Global Witness last week. Global Witness’s report, The Cost of Luxury, identified Pheap, a prominent tycoon and former adviser to ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/claims-global-witness-rejected

Anger on the home front

More than 100 soldiers in Pursat province have threatened to resign en masse after being ordered to bulldoze their own lands, which are claimed by tycoon Try Pheap’s MDS Import Export Company. The threat of mass resignations came two days after a soldier, Seng Pov, took ...

May Titthara
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/anger-home-front

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