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​Prime suspect for deforestation in Vietnam’s Central Highlands arrested

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 19:03 GMT+7

A Vietnamese man has been captured for allegedly destroying forests in the Central Highlands.

Phan Thanh Nghia, 52, the chief suspect for the offense, will face four months’ imprisonment, according to a decision by the police of Dak Glong District, Dak Nong Province.

Nghia has purportedly damaged nearly 15 hectares of the forest under the control of a local company.

On February 6, in the region under the management of the company, authorities found a number of people using chainsaws and machetes, setting fire and working the soil of a denuded area in which trees had been previously cut down.

At the scene, forest rangers arrested five people: Phan Thanh Nghia; Y Tu, 21; Duong Van Thanh, 51; H’Je, 33; and Y Thieu Bon Dop, 34.

The destruction is for cultivation purposes, according to police officers.

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Thai Xuan / Tuoi Tre News

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