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Jakarta Post

'Rich' Papua cop to face trial soon

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 27, 2013   /  06:20 am

The Papua Police have completed the dossiers of officer Adj. First Insp. Labora Sitorus, who has been accused of running illegal logging and fuel smuggling businesses worth billions of rupiah.

The police submitted Labora's case file to the Papua Prosecutors Office on Friday.

National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said on Friday that Labora faced charges of money-laundering, illegal logging and fuel smuggling. "We have questioned 39 witnesses in the fuel smuggling case, 67 witnesses in the illegal logging case and 28 witnesses in the money laundering case," he said in Jakarta.

The Labora case first emerged in May following the leak of the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) stating that a low-ranking officer known as aew was linked to bank transactions totaling Rp 1 trillion (US$102 million). Later on, the Papua Police found that Labora and his family controlled some companies that illegally sold timber and subsidized fuel.

Agus said that Labora would be charged under the 1999 law on forestry , the 2001 Papua Special Autonomy Law and Money Laundering Law No. 25/2003 and No. 8/2010.

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