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Jakarta Post

Five named suspects in Kutai orangutan slaughter

  • N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Balikpapan   /   Mon, February 19 2018   /  01:17 am

In the latest development of a brutal orangutan slaughter nearby Kutai National Park in East Kalimantan, five Teluk Pandan residents, including a teenager, have been named suspects in the case.

The five suspects, Muis, 36, Andi, 37, Rustam, 37, Nasir, 54 and 13-year-old teenager who is identified only as HH, were arrested in a village in Teluk Pandan subdistrict, an enclave in the national park, on Thursday.

The incident started when Muis found the orangutan had roamed into his plantation in search of food on the early morning on Feb. 3.

“Muis was the first to shoot [the orangutan] after learning that an orangutan had entered his oil palm plantation,” East Kutai Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Teddy Rismawan said in a press conference on Saturday.

The move agitated the orangutan and Muis later called for help from his neighbor Nasir, who, along with his grands...