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Court fines company Rp 16 trillion for illegal logging

Court fines company Rp 16 trillion for illegal logging Green talks: Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar (right), along with David & Lucile Packard Foundation adviser Frances Seymour (center) and East Kalimantan Governor Awang Faroek Ishak, attends the Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco, on Monday, where she was among speakers for a panel session on green development at Pavilion Indonesia. (Antara/Saptono)
Adisti Sukma Sawitri
Marrakesh, Morocco   ●   Fri, November 18, 2016

In the wake of a landmark verdict that saw a plantation company fined Rp 16 trillion for illegal logging, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar on Thursday demanded that law enforcement institutions enforce the sentence.

The Supreme Court has found PT Merbau Pelalawan Lestari guilty of unlawful logging on about 7,000 hectares of land outside of its concession in Riau.

The fine is the largest to date in an illegal logging case.

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"I will find a way to push related authorities to enforce the verdict," said Siti, whose ministry is a plaintiff in the case.

She lamented that sentences in other environmental cases the ministry had won in the Supreme Court had not been enforced.

Last year, the Supreme Court ordered oil palm plantation PT Kallista Alam to pay Rp 366 billion after being convicted of starting fires in the Leuser conservation area in Aceh. (evi)