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Jakarta Post

Study says military complicit in illegal logging

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 29 2010   /  10:02 am

A research conducted by the University of Indonesia revealed that military personnel were involved in illegal logging practice in border areas. A team from the Center for East Asia Cooperation Studies (CEACoS) at the University of Indonesia, uncovered the military’s many roles in the illicit business from coordinating to monitoring and investing.The research covers the period between 1999 and 2006 in East Kalimantan, where illegal logging practices have been reportedly rampant.“[The military’s involvement in this practice] was structural; low-ranked soldiers to territorial commanders received a share,” CEACoS executive director Tirta N. Mursitama, head researcher, told the The Jakarta Post.The research found three types of higher-ranked personnel contributing to the illegal logging business.“There were those who only received shares from their subordinates. “Other high-ranked...