Thai forestry officials killed three Cambodians who were illegally logging on Tuesday, in what they said was a shootout in Thailand’s Sisaket province, a border official said Wednesday.
The latest deaths bring the number of Cambodians who have been shot while logging across the border this year to 33, according to rights group Adhoc. …
In March, Siamese Rosewood was elevated to protected-species status by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
Prime Minister Hun Sen earlier this year issued a directive ordering provincial authorities to prevent Cambodians from crossing into Thailand illegally to log rosewood.
In 2012, 45 Cambodians were shot dead by Thai border protection forces while logging over the border, according to government figures. The death toll in 2011 was 15 people, according to figures from Adhoc. …
One man was killed and one injured in two separate shooting incidents that took place last week at the borders with Thailand and Laos, officials said yesterday.
In both cases, the Cambodians are believed to have been shot while illegally logging highly coveted luxury rosewood in the border forests.
On Wednesday, Hin Vuthy, 21, was shot inside Thailand’s Sisaket province after having crossed the border from Oddar Meanchey while logging inside the Dangkrek mountains, Van Kosal, Trapaing Prasat district governor said. …
In a separate incident, a logger was shot at and injured in his leg and stomach by a Lao soldier on Friday night after crossing the border from Stung Treng province, officials confirmed yesterday. …
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A Thai military official said yesterday 38 Cambodians arrested in Thailand on Monday were among a group of about 70 allegedly attempting to smuggle luxury rosewood out of Sisaket province.
A source close to Thai defence spokesman Col Thanatip Sawangsaeng, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the alleged loggers had been caught with 109 pieces of timber, as well as tools such as saws and axes. …
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