According to Nguyen Thanh Thieu, head of the Investigation Agency in charge of the Sua tree criminal case, lumberjacks had cut down more than just the three Sua trees in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
On the same day, Luong Ngoc Bich, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, was present at the park to instruct on some matters related to the case.
He asked the park management committee to strengthen measures, especially gear up the forest ranger force, to be able to hold back lumberjacks from further chopping down Sua trees, and protect the precious resources of the forest. He instructed the park committee to mobilise all resources to protect the national park, monitor those going out of the forest, prevent local residents from entering the forest, and crack down on those exploiting, transporting and trading Sua timber.
Nguyen Van Hien, secretary of the Phuc Trach Commune Party Committee in Bo Trach District, said that 11 suspects connected to the Sua trees case have not returned to their locality, probably to avoid arrest.