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Thai teak seized in SorPorKor raid north of Patong

Thai teak seized in SorPorKor raid north of Patong

PHUKET: Officers from the Special Operations Division Royal Forestry Department Region 12 Office in Krabi raided a plot of SorPorKor land in Kalim, north of Patong, on Friday (Nov 27) where takian “Thai teak” was being harvested.

By The Phuket News

Monday 30 November 2020, 10:30AM

The Forestry officials, along with police from the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division seized sawn pieces of timber valued at about B60,000 at the site, located in the hills on Phra Barami Soi 7.

Boonlarp Suksai, Chief of the Royal Forestry Department Region 12 Office in Krabi, explained that the raid followed a tip-off.

Officers first inspected the site last Wednesday (25), and found many trees cleared in the area, Mr Boonlarp said.

Officers checked maps of the area and confirmed that some of the trees felled were cut down in the adjoining protected forest area, he added.

“A large number of different types of trees have been cut down and the wood that has been cut has been used for processing,” Mr Boonlarp explained.

Officers had checked with the Phuket branch of the Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro), which oversees all SorPorKor land on the island, and confirmed that the SorPorKor plot  involved is currently rated to allow the growing of fruit and rubber trees only, he noted.

The evidence seized in the raid supported the prosecution of criminal charges for breaches of the Forest Act B.E. 2484 and the National Reserved Forests Act 1964, Mr Boonlarp explained.

“After officers have completed their thorough investigation they will inform the Patong Police to locate the offender and proceed with legal proceedings,” he said.

Mr Boonlarp declined to give any names of any key suspects.

He also did not clarify whether any persons had been granted SorPorKor rights to the land, or whether the land was still registered as held vacant directly under the Phuket Alro office.

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Jor12 | 02 December 2020 - 15:43:39 I say get use to it. Can't you work it out, felling trees illegally is like homicide - or any other offence, It's illegal but us humans still do it. Your evidence with dash cam footage is sorely needed., but then again you want the Government to provide everything for you.

Pascale | 02 December 2020 - 09:32:45

"Not even enough air to blow a candle light"  Lol ! The keyboard warrior can't even cite a simple saying correctly ! No wonder he never gets involved actively and keeps posting gibberish only.

Kurt | 01 December 2020 - 18:22:18

Jor12 doesn't know it anymore, just change to 'murdering' to get away with his last comment..  Pascale refuse to reckon that there are Government bodies like Forest Dept to do their job. Shuffle attention non-saying from his own armchair to Kurt to derail only.. Funny duo. Both with nothing substantial. Screaming emptiness. Not even enough air to blow a candle light.

Pascale | 01 December 2020 - 15:18:51

Of course Kurt you don't want to get involved in anything. Sitting in an armchair and being a faceless keyboard warrior is much more convenient.

Jor12 | 01 December 2020 - 13:54:19's no different to murdering someone. It's illegal but people still do it. Get use to it. 

Kurt | 01 December 2020 - 11:23:06

... I not want to be accused of 'stealing jobs' as a retiree. Anyway, why cutting/burning trees, clearing land at that high in Kamala? That is the question. Not what Kurt does or not.  The whole thing looks not right. That should have your attention, Jor12.

Kurt | 01 December 2020 - 11:17:29

Jor12 , Why appealing again on 'civic duties' as you indirectly saying that a Government department is not doings her job properly ?Do you want 'Government' be more in 'rest'? They already have every month a long holiday. Why a foreigner not living in Kamala has to do something what Thais in Kamala not do? Also journalists can look into it.  I not want to be accused of stea...

Galong | 01 December 2020 - 07:28:12

To get a job in the Forestry Department, you have to take a hearing test. If You can hear, you can't work there. I'm referring to not being able to hear the very loud chainsaws that so many of us hear quite easily. 

Jor12 | 01 December 2020 - 04:49:04 should be out there with your dash cam and report back to us all and the Phuket Government.

Kurt | 30 November 2020 - 13:46:32

Capricornball, do you think from that large area illegally cleared under the eyes of Phuket Government ( they see what you see) at high hills Kamala the danger is there of land sliding next wet season?

Capricornball | 30 November 2020 - 12:06:16

Here's another tip...check out the high hills in Kamala...large area cleared that is way above the development line, and fires have been raging there recently at night. I was assuming that some "well connected" vulture was up there illegally pilfering Thai resources for his own personal gain.

Kurt | 30 November 2020 - 11:11:03

Declining, not clarifying. With 'SorPorKor' it can go many ways in follow up. The financial benefits are at the horizon below the radar.. Will be not released to press. Again some location were tree cutting was done for a quick money making instead of treasuring Phuket nature for longer time. Pity.


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