A court in Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region sentenced two men to two years’ imprisonment each on Friday for deforestation.
According to the indictment, Tran Quoc Viet and Le Van Chien - both Phu Quoc locals - were hired by two people only known as Keo and Trieu on December 22, 2021 to cut down trees at the Phu Quoc National Park at a daily wage of VND500,000 (US$20.12) per person.
Keo showed Viet and Chien the location to carry out the deforestation job after the two received the first payment of VND500,000.
Forest rangers of Phu Quoc City and staff at the Phu Quoc National Park caught Viet and Chien red-handed sawing trees at the park on December 25, 2021.
At that time, a forest area of 2,784 square meters, 11,335 cubic meters of logs and 274 natural forest trees were already destroyed.
Police in Phu Quoc initiated legal proceedings against and arrested Viet and Chien to investigate the charge of deforestation on May 26 following a request by the forest protection department of the city on May 18.