Thai authorities nab Cambodians for illegal logging

BANGKOK: Thai authorities have on Friday (May 15) arrested two Cambodians and six Thai workers for illegal logging after removing a large Siamese rosewood tree in a wildlife sanctuary in the northeastern Si Sa Ket province.

The Huai Sala Wildlife Sanctuary officers said the suspects, instead of chopping down the 20-meter tall tree, used transplanting method to remove the whole high-value tree.

The officers said the suspects made an effort to evade the law by informing authorities that the protected tree was for replanting.

One of the Cambodian men confessed of hiring the Thai men for 200,00 baht (US6,234) to remove and deliver the tree.

Authorities said the value of the Siamese rosewood tree is estimated at 2.3 million baht (US$71,686). - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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