About 100 Cambodians arrested in two days for illegal logging

Officials of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation have rounded up about 100 illegal migrant workers from Cambodia allegedly hired by a Thai financier to poach the highly-priced Siamese rosewood or Payoong trees in Tap Larn national park in Korn Buri district of Nakhon Ratchasima.

The first group of 39 Cambodian illegal migrants were arrested by forest rangers in cooperation with community leaders in the national park. Some of them told the officials that about 100 of them were brought into Thailand by Thai and Cambodian brokers to fell Payoong trees in the park for a Thai businessman.

With the tipoff, officials and community leaders launched a manhunt throughout Tuesday night and finally located the remaining Cambodians in Ban Nong Bot, Tambon Kok Krachai, Korn Buri district.

All the 84 Cambodians were then taken to Korn Buri district police station for interrogation and detention.

Altogether 110 Cambodians have been arrested this month for allegedly involving in illegal logging.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)