MoD logging row

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THE MINISTRY of Defence has bought hundreds of tonnes of endangered Brazilian mahogany from a company involved in illegal logging, the environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth alleges.

Yesterday, the MoD admitted it had purchased more than 200 tonnes of the timber, but said it had seen no ''conclusive'' evidence that it had been cut downillegally, although it admitted that it relied on its supplier's declaration that the wood was produced legally.