Free West Papua : KLHK Fails Smuggling of Protected Animals Opsan in Papua

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Jakarta, Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), Sunday, June 10, 2018. Law enforcement efforts against protected wildlife continue KLHK, one of them related to smuggling cases of hundreds of opsan (preserved animals), various protected species in the Maluku region of Papua. Currently the Investigation Team of the Law Enforcement Hall (Gakkum) of KLHK of Maluku Region of Papua, is ready to submit the file of the WJM suspect (43), and the protected wildlife evidence, to the Papua High Prosecutor Office. Delivery of documents and evidence will be done after Idul Fitri holiday later.

"The effort of this yustisi process is law enforcement efforts to protect natural resources in the working area of Balai Gakkum Maluku Papua," said AG Marthana, Head of Balai Gakkum KLHK Maluku Region Papua.

WJM is a foreigner (WNA) from the United States, caught red-handed at Sentani Airport (13/01/2018), while attempting to smuggle hundreds of protected wildlife opeions. From the capture, there were 220 species of birds, two rat ops, one cuscus opusan, 34 pieces of mammal skin, and five pieces of reptile leather.

For this crime, the investigator establishes the WJM as a suspect, with a maximum imprisonment of 5 years, and a fine of at most 100 million rupiah, for violating Law No. 5 of 1990 on Conservation of Biological Natural Resources and Ecosystem, Article 21 Paragraph 2 Letter b, c, and d juncto Article 40 Paragraph 2.

While in Sulawesi, Balai Gakkum Sulawesi conducted an investigation on the case of illegal timber carrier vessel held by Customs Unit of Pantoloan Operations (02/06/2018). The detention of this ship is done in the waters of Tanjung Mangkaliat, due to a mixture of meranti wood and ironwood as much as 40 cubic meters without valid documents.

After that, Customs Pantoloan handed KLM Citra Niaga ship handed over to Balai Gakkum KLHK Sulawesi Region (04/06/2018). Based on the results of the examination, it is known that KLM Citra Niaga does not have a Certificate of Timber Legal Wood Product (SKSHHK), FAOQs are allegedly false, there is no Sail Approval Letter, and three persons are not registered as passengers or as the crew.

Recognized by KLM Citra Niaga's skipper, the wood load comes from Tanjung Mangkaliat and will be brought to Barru Regency, South Sulawesi. Thus, the skipper and owner of KLM Citra Niaga, threatened with imprisonment of at least 1 year and maximum of 5 years, and a minimum fine of 500 million rupiah and a maximum of Rp. 2.5 billion rupiah. The perpetrator allegedly violated Article 83 of Law No. 18 of 2013 on Prevention and Eradication of Forest Destruction, and Article 33 of Law No. 17 Year 2008 on the Payment.


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