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Communal police abets illegal loggers, says official

Update: November, 17/2015 - 17:00
About 50 cubic meter of Sang-vi, an expensive type of wood have been seized while illegally transported out of Mai Son commune, Tuong Duong District of central Nghe An Province. — Photo

NGHE AN (VNS) — Police of central Nghe An Province yesterday said that three natives were arrested while transporting illegal timber out of Mai Son commune, Tuong Duong District on Sunday.

About 28 wood panels of Sang-vi (Sapindus oocarpus Radlk) were seized by the Environmental Crime Prevention Police (PC49), Nghe An Police and the district's forces.

As the forces went deep into the commune's headwater forest reserve, they detected more sawn off planks, which increased the total amount of illegal timber seized to nearly 50 cubic metres.

Lo Van Quang, Chairman of communal People's Committee said that Kha Van Moong, a communal permanent deputy police, was involved in the illegal logging.

Moong had initially applied to the local authorities for some wood for housing. However, he then cut the wood into large panels and sold them for profit. The wood was seized by the forces while it was being transported out of the forest.

"We have asked Moong for a report of the incident, and then report to the Standing Committee for further action. But, as of now, I do not know where he is," Quang said.

The loggers who have been arrested are La Bon Tuong (31), Lu Van Hung (41) and Lo Van Thuy (26), are all residents of the commune. — VNS

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