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“Two police officers in the northern province of Bac Kan were arrested Wednesday on charges of accepting VND40 million (US$1,920) in bribes in a case involving the transport of illegal wood in 2009, the Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.”
“Vietnamese authorities have rejected as “wrong” the accusation by a Britain-based organization that the country has been using illegal timber for furniture exports.
The denial was made at a press briefing by officials from the Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association and Vietnam Administration of Forestry from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
They said that the accusations, made by the NGO Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) at a conference in Bangkok in late July, has affected the prestige and brand of Vietnam’s timber products in the world market.
Tran Duc Sinh, chairman of the timber association, said EIA had accused the Economic Cooperation Company of Military Zone No.4 and five other Vietnamese companies of buying illegal timber from Laos to produce wooden furniture for export to the US and European markets.”
“According to the association, Vietnam exported US$3.4 billion of wooden furniture in 2010 and $2.4 billion so far this year, the Saigon Giai Phong said in a report.
Since last year, the country has become the top furniture exporter in the southeast Asian region and ranks tenth in the world, the report said.”