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Jakarta Post

Taskforce sets sights on illegal logging mafia allegations

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 19 2010   /  09:31 am

The Judicial Mafia Taskforce is looking into allegations that case brokers played a role in a number of illegal logging cases as the country strives to protect forests to fulfill a pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions.Taskforce member Mas Achmad Santosa said they were studying controversial verdicts in illegal logging cases, including the case of fugitive convict Adelin Lis who fled the country after the Supreme Court sentenced him to 10 years in prison. “We suspect the judicial mafia played a key role in the illegal logging cases,” he told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.He said the taskforce would initially focus on cases occurring after 2000 and probe the involvement of official in these cases.“Our target is to investigate major illegal logging cases in large forests involving officials,” Achmad said, adding that the taskforce planned to meet the Judicial Commission this week to ...