Port Officials Urged to Speed Up Investigation Into Ivory Seizure
By Khy Sovuthy | January 27, 2015
Members of the National Assembly’s anti-corruption commission Monday urged officials at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port to expedite an investigation into the 3-ton haul of elephant ivory they seized in May, and to send the case to court as soon as possible.
The commission is in Sihanoukville to look into the ivory case and other allegations of illegal activity there.
Customs officials in the bayside city confiscated the ivory—more than
500 tusks worth millions of dollars—from a shipment of beans on May 9, the largest such seizure in Cambodia’s history. But the investigation into its origins has stalled as port officials await instructions from above. The Finance Ministry has assembled an ad hoc commission to handle