More reliable evidence of the cause of the death of Chut Wutty

Posted by: | Posted on: May 22, 2012

Chut Wutty was one of Asia’s leading environmental activists, tirelessly working to prevent illegal logging in Cambodia.

But on 26th April, he was gunned down in mysterious circumstances in the protected Cardamom Forest.

When David O’Shea unravels the story behind his death for Dateline, he finds allegations of corruption and cover-up, with government investigators giving several conflicting accounts of what happened.

So who’s really behind Chut Wutty’s death? And was there something the activist knew that his killers didn’t want revealed?

WATCH – Click to see David’s report.

EXTRA – Read more about Chut Wutty’s life and the tributes that have been paid to him by following the links on the right-hand side of the page

THURSDAY, 24 MAY 2012

Chut Wutty’s murder: Yellow vines are used for steroid production

Marcus Hardtke and Ms. Ira Galabru inspecting evidence of logging during the gathering of 600 forest activists at the site of Chut Wutty’s murder on 10th May.
By Khmerization
Source: Free Press Magazine Online

Investigators from an international NGO and Cambodian environmental activists who have gathered at the site of Chutt Wutty’s murder in Koh Kong have found that the spot where Chut Wutty was killed was only about 100 metres from where piles of rosewoods and yellow vines were stockpiled. Yellow vines have been linked to the productions of illicit drugs. The substances extracted from yellow vines (Vor Lomiet in Khmer) are more important than the sassafras oil, or Breah Prov in Khmer, in the use for the productions of illicit drugs, in particular steroid. (Breah Prov was used for the production of amphetamine and ecstasy, which has been cracked down by authority in the past few years, also in the Cardamon Mountains where the production of yellow vine oil was discovered by Chut Wutty before he was killed).

Tribulus terrestris (yellow vine) is the scientific name for a weed-like plant whose extract is used as a food supplement. The plant (yellow vine) is more commonly known as Puncture Vine, Caltrop, Yellow Vine, or Goathead. As a food supplement, the purported effect is a rise in the body’s testosterone production and an increased sex drive. It is popular among athletes and is particularly used by bodybuilders in combination with steroid hormone food supplements to boost strength and muscle mass. In Chinese and Indian traditional medicine, the extract or the dried form is mixed in tonics and used as an aphrodisiac as well as a liver, kidney, urinary and cardiovascular remedy. The plant is called Bai Ji Li in Chinese, and in Sanskrit, it is called gokshura.

The Cambodian government has cracked down on sassafras oil productions in recent years, however, after the crack down on sassafras oil productions, there emerged the productions of yellow vines oil which many botanists and chemists said have been linked to the productions of illicit drugs.

Marcus Hardtke, coordinator for ARA, who had accompanied about 600 environmental activists to the site of Chutt Wutty’s murder said : “The investigations in Koh Kong have told us of a valuable find. We’ve found that Chutt Wutty was killed because he had found out and compiled documents of a numbers of activists that the company wanted to hide. He has found for the first time that the company wanted to hide four timber processing factories and a factory to process yellow vines oil. Timbergreen has nearly expired, so the cancellation and a criminal investigation must begin without delay..”, he said.

The stockpile of rosewood and tanks used to refine yellow vine oil that have been found by environmental activists was just a small part of a larger operations left behind after Timbergreen Co., Ltd attempted to evacuated all equipments and evidence before environmentalists arrived in the area on 10th of May.

Chut Wutty was killed on 26th April at Veal Bei in Mondol Seima district while taking two journalists from The Cambodia Daily to investigate illegal logging in the area by Timbergreen Co., Ltd.
Read article in Khmer below:

ច័ន្ទ 14 ឩសភា 2012 – 7:54 am | សិលាពល |
ការ​ពិសោធន៏​រក​ឃើញ​ថា ឈើ​ប្រណិត​​និង​វល្លិ៏ល្មៀត ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​លោក ឈុត វុទ្ធី ស្លាប់

ក្រុម ​អ្នក​ស្រាវជ្រាវ​ពី​អង្គការ​ អន្តរជាតិ​ក្រៅ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ និង​សហគមន៏​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ ​ដែល​បាន​​លើក​​គ្នា​ទៅ​ពិនិត្យ​ដល់​​ទីកន្លែង​​ដែល​​មាន​ការ​បាញ់​សម្លាប់​ លោក ឈុត វុទ្ធី បាន​សន្និដ្ឋាន​ថា លោក ​ឈុត ​វុទ្ធី បាន​ស្លាប់ នៅ​ទី​កន្លែង​មួយ​ ដែល​មាន​ចម្ងាយ​ប្រមាណ​១​រយម៉ែត្រ ពី​គំនរ​ឈើ​ប្រណិត និង​ពំនូក​វល្លិ៏ល្មៀត ដែល​ត្រូវ​បា​ន​គេ​រក​ឃើញ​ថា ជា​វត្ថុធាតុ​ដើម​​សម្រាប់​ផលិត​គ្រឿងញៀន​ដ៏​សំខាន់ ជាង​ម្រះ ព្រៅ​ភ្នំ ​ដែល​ធ្លាប់​ល្បី​​នា​ពេល​កន្លង​មក ហើយ​ករណី​នេះ បាន​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​លោក ឈុត វុទ្ធី ​ត្រូវ​បាន​​គេ​បាញ់​សម្លាប់ ។
លោក ម៉ាកូស ហាដកេ (Marcus Hardtke) អ្នក​សម្របសម្រួល​ប្រចាំ​តំបន់​នៃ​អង្គការ ARA ដែល​បាន​រួម​ដំណើរ ជា​មួយ​ប្រជា​សហគមន៏ ទៅ​រុក​ល្បាត​ព្រៃ នៅ​កន្លែង ​ដែល​ខ្មាន់​កាំភ្លើង បាញ់​សម្លាប់​លោក ​ឈុត វុទ្ធី ​បាន​និយាយ​ថា ” ការ​ស៊ើប​អង្កេត​​នៅ​ខេត្ត កោះកុង បាន​​ប្រាប់​យើង​ពី​ការ​យល់​ឃើញ​​ដ៏​មាន​​តម្លៃ ។ ពួក​យើង​​បាន​រក​ឃើញ​​ថា លោក ឈុត វុទ្ធី ត្រូវ​បាន​គេ​សម្លាប់​ដោយ​សារ​តែ​អ្វី ។​គាត់​បាន​​រក​​ឃើញ​និង​ចង​ក្រង​ជា​ឯកសារ ​នូវ​សកម្មាភាព​មួយ​​ចំនួន ដែល​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​​ចង់​បិទបាំង ។ គាត់​បាន​រក​ឃើញ​​ជា​លើក​ដំបូង នូវ ការ​ប៉ុនប៉ង​បិទបាំង ពី​ការ​រក​ស៊ី​ឈើ​ក្រញូង រោង​ចក្រ​អារឈើ​ចំនួន៤ និង ការ​កែច្នៃ វល្លិ៏ល្មៀត ..។ អាជ្ញា​ប័ណ្ណ​របស់​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន ធីប៊ើហ្គ្រីន ជិត​ផុត​ហើយ ការ​លុប​ចោល​និង ការ​ស៊ើប​អង្កេត​ព្រហ្មទណ្ឌ​មួយ គួរ​​ចាប់​ផ្ដើម​​ដោយ​មិន​បាច់​ពន្យារ​ពេល..​” ។
គំនរ ​ឈើ​ប្រណិត និង​ពំនូក​វល្លិ៏ល្មៀត រួម​ទាំង​អាង​សម្រាប់​ច​ម្រាញ់​វល្លិល្មៀត​ជា​​ភស្តុតាង ដែល​ត្រូវ​បាន​ប្រជា​សហគមន៏​រក​ឃើញ​​ត្រូវ​បាន​គេ​និយាយ​ថា គ្រាន់​តែ​ជាចំ​ណែក​តិចតួច​​​​ដែល​នៅ​សេស​សល់​ពី​ការ​ជម្លៀស​ចេញ បន្ទាប់​ពី​បាន​ ដំណឹង​ថា ប្រជា​សហគមន៏​លើក​គ្នា​​មក​កាន់​ទី​​នេះ​​នោះ ។
លោក ឈុត វុទ្ធី សកម្មជន​ព្រៃ​ឈើ​ល្បី​ឈ្មោះ​​ត្រូវ​​បាន​បាញ់​សម្លាប់ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី ២៦ ខែ មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១២ ត្រង់​ចំនុច​វាល​បី ក្នុង​ឃុំ បាក់ខ្លង ស្រុក មណ្ឌល​សីមា ខេត្ត កោះកុង ។លទ្ធ​ផល​នៃ​របាយការណ៏​ស៊ើប​អង្កេត​របស់​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​បង្ហាញ​ថា​លោក ឈុត វុទ្ធី បាន​ស្លាប់​​ដោយ​សារ​ការ​រាល​កៃ​កាំភ្លើ អំឡុង​​ដែល​មាន​ការ​​ប្រតាយ​ដណ្ដើម​កាំភ្លើង​គ្នា ​ជា​មួយ​​សន្តិសុខ​​ក្រុមហ៊ុន ធីប៊ើហ្គ្រីន ដែល​ទទួល​បាន​សិទ្ធិ​កាប់​ឈើ​ពីរដ្ឋ​ ។ ប៉ុន្តែ​ក្រុម​អង្គការ​សង្គមស៊ីវិល និង ប្រជា​សហគមន៏ បាន​ច្រាន​ចោល​លទ្ធផល​ស៊ើប​អង្កេត​​នេះ ដោយ​ថា ​ជា​របាយការណ៏​ភូតកុហក់ ៕