Vietnamese Agarwood hunters to learn fate soon

Fadley Faisal

Three Vietnamese men are due for sentencing on October 1, after they pleaded guilty on Monday to illegally entering the country and cutting down trees in the Labu Forest Reserve.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Dr Mohd Hussin Ali bin Idris said that Hoang Van Thien, 38, Nguyen Tan Dung, 25, and Nguyen Van Thoi, 39, were found at their campsite in the middle of the Labu Forest Reserve by patrolling personnel from the Reserve Unit ‘C’ of the Royal Brunei Police Force, at 1pm on September 16. The defendants were arrested and brought back to the Bangar Police Station, where it was found that they had entered Brunei illegally through the forest from Limbang, Sarawak without going through immigration procedures.

They searched for Kayu Gaharu (Agarwood), but were unable to find any in the area. Instead, they cut down 12 trees of the Kayu Jeras species.

Chief Magistrate Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar is considering a fitting punishment for the trio.

Items confiscated from the Vietnamese trio. PHOTO: RBPF