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Jakarta Post

Police officer, govt official arrested for alleged involvement in illegal logging

  • Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

Blitar, East Java   /   Sat, April 20 2019   /  01:08 am

The Trenggalek Police in East Java have arrested a fellow officer for his alleged complicity in the theft of sonokeling (rosewood) logs on a state-owned road in Tulungagung regency.Police general crimes unit head Comr. Adj. Sumi Andra said the officer, identified only as Chief Brig. S., was declared a suspect after legal procedures were followed.“We have established S. as a suspect. This has been an upsetting turn of events since S. is a member of the force,” Sumi said on Monday.He said S. allegedly aided in the illegal logging of rosewood trees by acting as a security officer during the felling, since every logging activity in the region must be closely guarded and approved by law enforcement officers.The combined value of the 89 stolen rosewood trees is estimated to be at least Rp 2 billion (US$155,840).S. reportedly received financial reward for his complicity, he said.Last week, ...