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Interpol to help with arrest
of orangutan killer

(JP/Arief Suhardiman)
(JP/Arief Suhardiman)

Kutai Kartanegara Police have sent a letter to Interpol requesting help in tracking down a Malaysian national allegedly responsible for the killings of orangutans on a plantation in the East Kalimantan regency.

Kutai Kartanegara Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. I Gusti KB Harryarsana said they were asking for help from Interpol and the Malaysian Embassy in Indonesia to track down Aru Mugem Samugem, a former general manager of Malaysian plantation firm PT Khaleda Agroprima Malindo.

Aru was allegedly involved in the issuance of the company's policy that led to the killings of orangutans in the plantation area.

“The general manager named Aru left the company between 2008 and 2009. We're searching for his data. We want to summon him for questioning but he's no longer here. So we sent the letter to Interpol, or the National Central Bureau [of Interpol],” Gusti said on Wednesday, as quoted by tribunnews.com.

“PT Khaleda runs a very large plantation area, which is divided into northern and southern sections. He [Aru] was the general manager of the northern section. We've arrested the general manager of the southern section,” he added.

Police have so far named four suspects in the killings of about 20 orangutans and monkeys in the plantation area since 2008.

They are Khaleda, senior estate manager Phua Chuam Hum, 46, also a Malaysian national, slaughterer recruiter Widyantoro, 39, and two workers who allegedly slaughtered the orangutans.

The company allegedly paid Rp 200,000 (US$22) per monkey and Rp 1 million per orangutan killed.

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