Anti-Logging Activists Released With Warning From Kratie Court

Four anti-logging activists were let go on Monday after being questioned by a provincial court prosecutor and labeled as suspects by local authorities, following their detention by a timber company with a land concession next to Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary.

Ouch Leng, president of the Cambodia Human Rights Task Force, and three others had been patrolling the protected forest on Friday when they were detained by guards from timber company Think Biotech, which Leng has previously said should be investigated for alleged illegal logging.

Leng told VOD that he and the others were released by the Kratie Provincial Court on Monday, but they were asked to sign a letter stating that they would suspend their forest patrol and inform the Interior Ministry that they would operate in line with the law. Leng said he is still considering whether he will write a letter to the ministry.

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