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Amlo increases pressure on alleged rosewood loggers

The Anti-Money Laundering Office will this week ask for Electronic Transactions Commission approval to trace the money transactions of seven suspects allegedly linked to illegally logged Siamese rosewood.

Amlo secretary-general Pol Colonel Sihanart Prayoonrat yesterday reported the progress of a probe against a gang based in Isaan accused of smuggling timber in about 200 modified second-hand cars.

He said the agency was still waiting for owners of impounded cars to explain where the cars came from and police had so far seized assets worth about Bt114 million from the gang's 142 members.

He said the Amlo would seek approval to seize more assets from the seven suspects on Wednesday.

In a separate case, Sihanart said the Land Department had told Amlo it would soon revoke the land ownership documents of a controversial 65-rai plot next to Freedom Beach in Phuket's Muang district that had encroached on the Khao Nakkerd forest reserve.

Amlo could then take legal action, he said.


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