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Brazil environment officials arrested for logging

Date : 22nd May 2010, Source : BBC Link to News Story

Police in Brazil have arrested at least 70 people suspected of illegal logging in the Amazon - including officials employed to protect the rainforest. Several environmental officials in Mato Grosso state are accused of providing false licences for the extraction of timber from protected areas. Loggers, landowners and forest managers have also been charged. Police estimate that the illegal logging operation has caused damage amounting to about $500m (345m). The arrests followed a two-year investigation in six Amazon states.

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