Vientiane Times, February 17, 2015
The illegal trade in timber topped all cases uncovered in 2014 by the economic police or police in charge of economic-case affairs, an official report showed. In 2014, the economic police registered 391 illegal cases nationwide including 169 that involved the illegal trade of timber, which made it top of the list. Fraud in relation to citizens’ assets was the runner up with 124 cases recorded over the year, according to a local newspaper published by the Ministry of Public Security. The 391 total saw a drop of 36 compared to the total cases registered in 2013, according to the newspaper, citing a report presented at the annual meeting of the economic police held last week.