Cambodia: Environmental Activist Chut Wutty shot dead.

Prominent environmental activist Chut Wutty was shot dead in Koh Kong province today near one of the areas he had fought tirelessly to protect from illegal logging – the Central Cardamom Protected Forest.

120426_onlineChut Wutty at the Phnom Penh Post main office earlier this year. Photo by Hong Menea

Chut Wutty, the director of the Natural Resource Protection Group, was shot dead in Veal Bei commune, Mondul Sima district, Koh Kong province at 12:30 this afternoon, military police spokesman Kheng Tito said today.

“I am not sure exactly about this case – why it happened. I will know it later,” he said.

He confirmed that military police officer In Rattana was also killed in the incident, which happened while Chut Wutty was escorting two journalists from the Cambodia Daily newspaper to the area.

Late last year, Chut Wutty was instrumental in helping the Post break an investigation into illegal logging and corruption in the CCPF in Thma Bang district and was well known for directly confronting those he accused of illegal logging across the country.