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Investigators uncover illegal timber trade in North Kalimantan

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 14, 2019   /   02:32 pm
Investigators uncover illegal timber trade in North Kalimantan Kalimantan Environment and Forestry Law Enforcement Center investigators seal a location reportedly used to store illegal timber in Nunukan, North Kalimantan, on July 10. (Courtesty of/The Environment and Forestry Ministry)

A joint team comprising the Environment and Forestry Ministry and Nunukan Police investigators apprehended three individuals in a case pertaining to illegal timber trade in Nunukan regency, North Kalimantan.

According to a statement on Saturday, Kalimantan Environment and Forestry Law Enforcement Center Quick Response Forest Rangers Unit (SPORC) investigators apprehended the three individuals -- 51-year-old N and 56-year-old RH from Nunukan as well as 57-year-old Y from Balikpapan, East Kalimantan -- on Wednesday. The investigative team immediately named them suspects in the case.

Apart from the arrests, investigators also seized 2,089 processed wood blocks of various sizes and two circular wood saw blades as evidence. They also sealed two locations allegedly used by the suspects to store the processed timber.

The suspects have been charged under the 2013 Forestry Preservation Law and may face a maximum sentence of five years in prison as well as Rp 2.5 billion (US$178,820) in fines.

The case came to light from an informant. The SPORC, in cooperation with the police and the North Kalimantan Forestry Agency, responded to the tip-off by arresting the three suspects.