By Peak Seangly
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, September 15, 2016
Newly declared protected areas in Prey Lang forest are being illegally logged by companies belonging to a three-star general and his sister, according to Goldman Environmental Prize-winning conservationist Ouch Leng and NGOs with which he is working.
Leng, along with 15 NGO officers, patrollers and environmental activists, allege the forest in Preah Vihear’s Rovieng district is being logged daily by two companies and hauled to a timber processing facility, known as Factory 95.
Leng claimed Factory 95 is owned by three-star General Seng Kok Hieng and his sister Seng Kaing who, he said, obtained a licence to collect forestry products from two economic land concessions owned by companies Thy Nga and TNT. Attempts to reach both were unsuccessful yesterday.
“What I saw with my own eyes was that huge logs were hauled from Prey Lang. They have run the logging business for a long time,” Leng said.He said his team observed four heavy trucks transporting logs yesterday alone; three travelled to Factory 95, while the fourth ventured into Kampong Cham province, with no response from authorities.
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