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PHNOM PENH – National Commission for the Prevention of Natural Resource Crimes, led by National Military Police Commander General Sao Sokha, has once again warned that all means of transporting timber without a legal permit will be seized and destroyed to eradicate forest crimes and preserve the country’s forests.
The warning was issued in a press release distributed by the spokesperson of the National Commission for the Prevention of Natural Resource Crimes on Dec. 2.
This press release was made public following a media report stating that forest crimes are on the rise in some provinces.
According to this media report, the military police had seized two trucks transporting wood at the end of November 2022 in Chheu Ter village, which is located in Stung Trang district’s Khpoah Ta Nguon commune in Kampong Cham province. The two vehicles were to be destroyed, the report stated.
Regarding the destruction of the two vehicles, the National Commission for the Prevention of Natural Resources Crimes once again warned that, from the date of this announcement, all means of transporting illegal timber will be destroyed.
This is not the first time that the National Commission for the Prevention of Natural Resources has warned of the destruction of all means of transport if the authorities catch vehicles that were used to transport timber illegally.
As far back as Sept. 2019, Sao Sokha had ordered the destruction of 10 makeshift vehicles that had been used in forestry crimes in Battambang province, the goal being to deter illegal loggers.