Powerful business tycoon Kong Kroeng was detained on Thursday after being questioned by authorities in eastern Cambodia’s Kratie province over his alleged involvement in an illicit timber operation, according to the National Military Police.
Kong Kroeng, a colonel in the military who owns the Mat Naseat timber-processing facility in Kratie’s Snuol district, was questioned at the Kratie provincial military police headquarters by officers from the National Committee for Forest Crime Prevention (NCFCP) investigating claims that he had overseen large-scale illegal logging in Kratie and neighboring Mondulkiri province.
Local media has also reported that Kong Kroeng was responsible for the smuggling of forest products across the border into Vietnam through Kratie.
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