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Gang of illegal loggers arrested

Update: August, 10/2018 - 03:09
Illustrative Photo. Several public dalbergia tonkinensis trees have been illegally logged in Hà Nội.– VNA/VNS Photo
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HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội Police on Thursday announced that they arrested a group of six loggers for illegally chopping down public sưa (dalbergia tonkinensis) trees.

According to the police report, on July 27, the city Criminal Police Department started investigating six suspects: Lê Văn Trọng from Từ Sơn District in Bắc Ninh Province, Nguyễn Văn Tư from Thanh Oai District in Hà Nội, Phạm Văn Hùng from Tiên Du District in Bắc Ninh Province, and Đỗ Văn Khương, Lê Văn Phúc and Đỗ Quốc Tuấn from Văn Lâm District in Hưng Yên Province.

This six were found to have committed illegal logging activities in Hà Đông District on July 21.

They cut down a sưa tree in front of Đoàn Kết High School, chopped it into pieces, transferred it to Từ Sơn District, Bắc Ninh Province and sold it for VNĐ56 million to an acquaintance of Trọng.

The miscreant loggers also sawed another sưa tree at Ngũ Hiệp Commune Institute of Medicine in Thanh Trì District, Hà Nội.

The force is still investigating the case.

The Dalbergia tonkinensis is a type of tree commonly planted along Hà Nội’s streets. It is featured in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Endangered Species and ranked as vulnerable. In Việt Nam, Dalbergia tonkinensis trees are well-known for their quality and high value. — VNS 

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