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Police suspect criminal activity in Phú Yên’s deforestation

Update: May, 27/2016 - 17:25
Almost 110ha of forest land in central Phú Yên Province’s Đồng Xuân District have been cleared of trees illegally. The case, indicating criminal activity, is under investigation. – Photo
Viet Nam News

PHÚ YÊN – Police in south central Phú Yên Province have found signs of criminal activity leading to deforestation across nearly 110ha of land in Phú Mỡ Commune, Đồng Xuân District.

The case is under investigation and the guilty will be prosecuted, police said yesterday.

Initial investigations revealed that between April 25 and May 5, local residents in the communes of Phú Mỡ and Xuân Quang 1 were hired to chop down trees on almost 110ha of forest land. On average, one can acquire more than 18cu.m. of timber from trees on 1ha of land.

Police identified four local residents as having hired others to cut down the trees: La O Kinh, La O Cừ, La Lan Thập and Phạm Xuân Trình.

Trình, a relative of a former party chief secretary of Đồng Xuân District, had paid the three others to acquire land-use rights certificates. Then, he hired people to chop down all the trees on the land. However, according to the province’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department, the land-use certificates were not granted to the three residents legally.

Head of the district’s People’s Procuracy Nguyễn Kim Hoạt said the illegal destruction of the forest would be addressed in accordance with Article 189 of the Criminal Code.

Party members were alleged to be involved in the case, so the provincial Party Committee also required other relevant agencies to join the investigation. – VNS

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