Forest ranger, 6 others arrested for illegal logging in central Vietnam

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Police in Ha Tinh Province in central Vietnam Wednesday arrested seven people including a forest ranger for illegal logging in a local forest.

News website Dan Tri said Phan Nhat Tan, chief warden of Khe Let Forest, allowed loggers to steal nearly 278 cubic meters of timber on 58 different occasions between June 2010 and June 2011.

Tan has also been charged of "violating forest protection regulations," for which he can get two to seven years if proven to be a repeat offender, and "acting irresponsibly with serious consequences," which can add six months to five years to his sentence.

Others arrested include two local timber dealers, Nguyen Thanh Binh and Nguyen Huu Huan, a former forest ranger, and three forest protection officials.

All have been charged with "violating forest protection regulations."

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