Four fined for cutting down trees
The Jakarta Post
The Central Jakarta District Court has fined four men for cutting down trees without permits in Jagakarsa district, South Jakarta, Grogol Petamburan, Kebon Jeruk and Kembangan districts in West Jakarta.
Edi Sahputra, 22, and Zulfan, 34, were fined Rp 10 million (US$740), while Hasbi Maruzi, 28, and Suroso, 31, were fined Rp 15 million and Rp 5 million each, respectively, said judge Saifudin during the trial on Friday.
"The four men have been found guilty of violating Article 12G of Jakarta Bylaw No. 8/2007 on public order," Saifudin said, after hearing testimony from witnesses and confessions from the perpetrators.
The Jakarta Forestry Agency's community development and law enforcement division head, Henri Perez, said the men had not obtained permits to cut down the trees from a One-Stop Integrated Service (PTSP).
"[Their acts] disadvantaged [the state], from economic and ecological aspects. I hope the fines will create a deterrent effect," Henri said.
The agency has collected Rp 160 million in fines from similar cases this year. (yon)
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