Five arrested in illegal logging case

Update: August, 26/2016 - 09:00
A log is chopped down in a forest of Nam Giang District. Five loggers have been arrested, and 115 cubic metres of log were found at site. — VNS Photo Trần Thường
Viet Nam News

QUẢNG NAM — Investigation agencies have arrested five loggers suspected of illegal logging in La Dêê Commune in Nam Giang District last month, Colonel Huỳnh Sông Thu, deputy director of the provincial Public Security Department told a press conference yesterday.

Thu said the department initiated a lawsuit against nine loggers.

Thu said in an on-site examination on sub-zone 351, belonging to Nam Sông Bung protected forest, on July 28, 60 Pơ Mu trees, a total 115.4 cubic metres, had been chopped down, of which 41 trees were sawn in round panels.

Earlier, investigation agencies seized 47 cubic metres of logs in a store in Nam Giang District on July 14.

The provincial public security force arrested loggers Nguyễn Văn Thắng and Nguyễn Văn Sanh from central Quảng Bình Province; Lê Trọng Dương in southern Đồng Nai Province, and Nguyễn Văn Quang in HCM City between July 26 and August 4.

Tiên Hồng Tư, who helped Quang flee to HCM City, was arrested on August 19.

Four loggers and transporters, Mai Văn Cường, Mai Văn Châu, Phạm Văn Bồng and Lê Hồng Diên, who handed themselves in, were granted bail.

Thu said 11 more loggers involved in the case have evaded police.

After the illegal forest destruction in the province, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc ordered an investigation.

The deforestation occurred in an area bordering Laos’s Sekong Province. Customs and border guard staff were also involved in the violations. — VNS