Saturday, 14 June 2008

Six arrested for illegal logging

Friday, June 13, 2008 Jakarta Post

Six arrested for illegal logging

JAYAPURA: Police in Jayapura, Papua, arrested six employees from two forestry companies for alleged illegal logging outside approved forest concession areas, causing Rp 234 billion (US$24.8 million) in losses to the state.

The chief of detectives at the provincial police headquarters Sr. Comr. Paulus Waterpauw, said in Jayapura on Thursday that six suspects working for PT Kaltim Hutama and PT Centrico were arrested for alleged theft of 13,000 cubic meters of hard wood in Kaimana and Nabire regencies.

"The suspects will be charged with violating the forestry law which carries a maximum 20-year jail sentence," he said, adding that one of the suspects was a regional manager of PT Centrico.

The cases will be processed and brought to court after the case files are completed, he said. --JP