Independence Police prevent removal of confiscated Rosewood

vlcsnap-2013-04-10-20h03m08s11As you may be aware, there is an amnesty period for Rosewood harvesters, and so harvesters are making the best of two and half weeks grace period being given by the Forestry Department.  Punta Gorda Police had confiscated a load of rosewood some weeks ago which had been harvested while the moratorium was in effect. PlusTV broke the story yesterday, April 10th, 2013, that movement of confiscated flitches from the Belmopan Forestry Department compound was occurring. We also stated that our source was indicating that confiscated flitches from two other locations; namely the Benque Border and the Independence Police Station were also being moved. Well PlusTV traveled to Independence on Tuesday but found that the trailer with confiscated rosewood were still there.  However, upon further investigation, we learned that the exporters had come for the wood only vlcsnap-2013-04-10-19h59m00s132earlier the same day but were turned back by Independence police. It appears that they did not have proper documentation  from the Forestry department who were responsible for the fliches. A press release was sent out yesterday saying ”The Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development hereby advises the general public that it is instituting an amnesty period on harvested rosewood. The purpose of the amnesty is to allow all those persons in possession of rosewood material prior to March 14, 2013 to declare it to the Forest Department. “ 

PlusTV has learned that subsequent to this newscast the exporters came to the Police station and were able to remove the rosewood for export.

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