Five tonnes of smuggled rosewood sent back by Malaysia

Breaking News April 25, 2016 17:26

By The Nation

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MALAYSIA presented Thailand Monday with 158 pieces of Siamese rosewood valued at Bt20 million, in what authorities said was the first time the contraband wood has been sent back to its country of origin under CITES (Convention on International Trade in En

The rosewood was seized by Malaysian officials in a case that concluded last July.
Somchai Channarongkul, director-general of the Department of Agriculture, received the five-tonne load yesterday morning from Hajjah Norchahaya Hashim, deputy director-general of the Malaysian Timber Industry Board, at a ceremony at Region 8 Agricultural Research and Development Centre in Hat Yai. 

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