12 illegal loggers prosecuted for destroying forest in Phu Yen
Phu Yen Police have started the prosecution of 12 illegal loggers related to deforestation in Tay Hoa and Song Hinh districts.
Forest destroyed in Phu Yen Province.
They were prosecuted for violations in exploit and protect forests and forest products regulations in the Penal Code 2015. Seven of them live in Son Thanh Dong Commune, Tay Hoa District and five others live in Hoa Phu Commune. They have been banned from leaving their homes.
The police in Phu Yen also arrested and prosecuted seven men previously for destroying the forest. Nguyen Rang, Nguyen Hoai Linh and Tran Van Tuan are identified as the ring leaders.
Since February, the loggers have opened three paths totalling 2.3 km in length leading deep into the forest. They have taken down at least 335 trees, many of them are old and valuable trees.
The logging hotspot is about 5 kilometres from Song Hinh Hydropower Reservoir. The loggers have already made a one-metre wide path to transfer equipment and vehicles. Large trees were chopped down along the path. The fallen trees are among the largest with a diameter of 30-60cm. The trees were sawn into timber on the spot before they were transported.
This area is under the protection of the forest rangers in both Tay Hoa and Song Hinh districts and the protective forest management boards in the two districts. After the logging activities were reported by the locals, the forest rangers quickly removed the tents they found along the path.
Nguyen Van Doan, head of the Department of Forest Protection in Song Hinh District said the logging spot is located deep inside the forest. Since the loggers were active at night with many guards, it had proved really hard to catch them.
The police have expanded the investigation. Dtinews
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