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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

[Demographic Vietnamization: Logging, Environmental Destruction, Military, Oddar Meanchey] Timber trader ‘Grandma May’ back in business

Prominent alleged timber trader Nguyen Thimay, also known as Grandma May, seen after her arrest in Kampong Thom province last year, is currently back in business in Oddar Meanchey province. Photo supplied
Prominent alleged timber trader Nguyen Thimay, also known as Grandma May, seen after her arrest in Kampong Thom province last year, is currently back in business in Oddar Meanchey province. Photo supplied

Timber trader ‘Grandma May’ back in business

Phnom Penh Post | 27 March 2018

Notorious Vietnamese timber trader Nguyen Thimay, more commonly known as “Grandma May”, is again free and, according to locals and officials in Oddar Meanchey, back in business – despite having been busted with a huge stockpile of rosewood in her home last year.
In February 2017, some 2 tonnes of rosewood were discovered in Thimay’s Anlong Veng commune home. She was finally arrested in November and charged with violating articles 96 and 98 of the Forestry Law for illegal felling of timber.
The charges carry up to a five-year sentence, plus fines ranging from about $2,500 to $25,000, on top of the cost of the impounded evidence. According to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime statistics, the value of the rosewood found in her home would range from the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the quality.
Nonetheless, she was released on bail in late January, according Soy Kanya, Oddar Meanchey Provincial Court clerk. He declined to answer further questions, such as if her trial is proceeding.
This was not Thimay’s only brush with the law in 2017. In July, she was arrested in Kampong Thom province for faking licence plates, and was later handed the minimum fine and sentenced to the minimum two years in prison – with all but the three months already served suspended. She walked free despite facing an arrest warrant at the time in Oddar Meanchey.
A plateless vehicle that was carrying more than a thousand kilograms of rosewood is seen flipped in a muddy pothole in Oddar Meanchey province last May. Villagers claim it belonged to notorious timber smuggler Nguyen Thimay but the case has remained in investigation. Photo supplied
A plateless vehicle that was carrying more than a thousand kilograms of rosewood is seen flipped in a muddy pothole in Oddar Meanchey province last May. Villagers claim it belonged to notorious timber smuggler Nguyen Thimay but the case has remained in investigation. Photo supplied
Presiding Kampong Thom Provincial Court Judge Seng Bunna, who handed down the sentence, said he couldn’t recall the particulars of the case and declined to comment.
In Anlong Veng district, 38-year-old villager Sam Sarith told The Post on Sunday that he had seen Thimay the day before at a sawmill near the Cambodian-Thai border.
“In the area, there are many sawmills, and luxury timber – thnong, sokram, trach, tarav – was hidden there,” Sarith said. “The sawmill, where I saw May, covertly processes the luxury timber, but none of the authorities’ forces have launched a crackdown.”
Trapaing Brei Commune Police Chief Hing Thoeng admitted that in his commune alone Thimay operated at least 20 sawmills and woodworking shops.
“I do not know whether those sawmills are legal or illegal,” he said, before downplaying their scale. “But those sawmills operate on a family scale only.”
Confronted with reports of Thimay’s return to the timber trade on Sunday, Anlong Veng district Forestry Administration chief Khun Bunheng said he would send his men to check on the sawmills and would “take legal measures without exception”.
“It is the complicated area, but on Monday, the mobilised official group of the Forestry Administration will go there to investigate and intercept those crimes,” he said.
Reached again on Monday, Bunheng said he was still waiting for his men to report back, before asking a reporter to remind him where the sawmills might be located.
Calls to a number for Thimay provided by authorities went unanswered yesterday.
The man responsible for arresting Thimay in Kampong Thom, the now-retired Deputy Provincial Police Chief Ke Khanara, expressed dissatisfaction with how the courts handled her trial given her reputation as a known timber trader.
“I know the presiding judge has discretion to decide … but Nguyen Thimay’s case made me feel very sorry,” he said, adding that given his retirement, “I have no power”.
Environmental activist Ouch Leng said in an email that Thimay has logged and processed rosewood and other timber for “many decades”, and slammed the justice system as “unfair” for releasing her.
“I worry that she would come back to make timber business again in Cambodia like [other] logging tycoons who were announced to [be] arrest[ed] … but they are still at large,” he said.
“If we have [a] weak court system like that this is the best opportunity for mafia to smuggle timber.”

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:06 PM

    WHAT MUST KHMER PEOPLE DO IN THIS 2018 UPCOMING ELECTION ?

    The evil Vietnam has selected a devil one eye monster Hun Sen to control Khmer people so that Vietnam could swallow Cambodia.

    This devil Hun Sen was never afraid to kill Khmer people ( K5 project, 1997 coup d'Etat, killings on Veng Sreng Blvd, Kem Ley, etc...) and to destroy Cambodia (99 years land concession to Yuon, the influx of millions of illegal Vietnamese, put 4 provinces under Yuon's control, signing of the 2005 supplemental treaty, destruction of Khmer natural resource, etc...) to please his master Vietnam to stay in power.

    Khmer people have done the right thing by planning to vote Hun Sen out in this 2018 election, but Hun Sen crushed Khmer people's hope after he has dissolved the CNRP.

    TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM, Khmer people need to wage a nationwide peaceful demonstration demanding the REINSTATEMENT OF THE CNRP a few days before the election day and let it go on until the election day, MAKING THE ELECTION IMPOSSIBLE. I firmly believe this is the only opportunity that Khmer people have left to fight this evil Vietnam and its slave Hun Sen effectively. The dissolution of the CNRP was unconstitutional.

    Freedom is not free. We have to pay some price to get it.

    If Khmer people fail to stop the July 2018 election, Hun Sen will proclaim that the CPP is the winner and he is the new Prime Minister of the new government. Any peaceful demonstration afterward will be persecuted by his new government as color revolution.

    That's why the demonstration to stop the 2018 election is extremely crucial. We must help ourselves first before the international community can help us. We must exert our right to force Hun Sen to reinstate the CNRP so that it could participate in the election.

    We have the right to vote for any political party we like. Hun Sen killed the party that we like. We have to fight to get that party back.

    If the CNRP won the election and Hun Sen and his master Vietnam did not relinquish the power, then a nationwide peaceful demonstration demanding the loser to abide by the electoral rule will be made. The International community will spontaneously support Khmer people who stood up for their right.

    Notice that we must OFFICIALLY win the election first (that means the NEC declares that the winner is the CNRP) before the international community can help us. It is imperative that Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha stay tightly united in order to win the election. Some Khmer people such as James Sok, Kem Monovithia should stop trying to elevate Kem Sokha and put Sam Rainsy down to create friction between these 2 men and their respective supporters because the winner will be Ah Kwack and Yuon. Hun Sen and Yuon wanted to destroy Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha one at a time.

    It is simple: Sam Rainsy alone cannot win the election. Likewise, Kem Sokha alone cannot win the election. We need both of them to win the election.

    This is the right time to sacrifice our life for our motherland. We must stop this election to force this worst Khmer traitor Hun Sen to let the CNRP in the election. Yuon and its slave Hun Sen will not give up Cambodia easily. We must fight hard to get it. To reach our ultimate goal of saving Cambodia from the evil Vietnam, we must have tolerance (stop blaming each other for no reason), perseverance (winning and advancing one step at a time), and patience.


    Bun Thoeun

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  2. Anonymous3:04 AM

    Over 2 millions of Khmer people got killed by the evil Yuon through their brainwashed Khmer Vietminh, nobody said a word about Yuon's criminal acts.
    Yuons were able to shift the world attention away from their crime and focus on Khmer people called them Yuon.
    In fact, Yuon in Khmer means Vietnamese. French is Barang. Indian is Khleung.
    Japanese is Chapun, Chinese is Chen, etc....

    Ah Yuon Kantorb should shut their fucking mouth up and get out of Cambodia.

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