Director of Quang Nam’s Police Nguyen Viet Loi at a press conference in Quang Nam on August 25 (Photo: VNA)
Quang Nam (VNA) – Legal proceedings were launched against nine people involved in an illegal pomu (Fokienia) tree deforestation case in La Dee commune, Nam Giang district, the central province of Quang Nam, heard a press conference in the locality on August 25.

Among these people, five were arrested immediately, namely Nguyen Van Thang, Nguyen Van Sanh, and Le Trong Duong from the central province of Quang Binh, Nguyen Van Quang in the central province of Quang Nam and Tieu Hong Tu in the central city of Da Nang.

The four others gave themselves up to the police.

Police are hunting 11 others for their involvement in the case.

Director of Quang Nam’s Police Nguyen Viet Loi said relevant authorities are expanding investigations.

In July, Nam Giang district’s police and Quang Nam’s rangers detected and seized 297 pomu logs (31 cu.m) near the border areas with Laos.

On July 17, Nam Giang district’s police uncovered a total of 47 cu.m of pomu wood.

On July 25, Quang Nam police and other forces found 60 pomu trees (115 cu.m) were cut down with 19 trees in Laos’s territory.

Pomu is a genus of cupressaceae, it is known as a valuable wood because of its specific aroma and beautiful grain.

Pomu has been listed as an endangered species in Vietnam and in the Vietnam Red Book since 1996.-VNA