PONTIANAK, NNC - The Joint Team of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) and the West Kalimantan Regional Police succeeded in raiding bauxite mining operating without ministerial permission in the Tulak River Conversion Production Forest (HPK) conducted by PT. Laman Mining in the sub district of North Matan Hilir, Ketapang Regency, West Kalimantan.
KLHK investigators set PT. Laman Mining as a Corporation as a suspect and continues to examine elements of the Board of Directors and Commissioners who are suspected of being intellectual actors in these illegal activities without the Minister's permission. The company have seven units of excavators in two different crime scenes, said the Director of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry's Prevention and Safeguard, Sustyo Iriyono.
Meanwhile, the Tulak River forest area that was exploited by PT. Laman Mining is a buffer zone for Mount Palung National Park and is also one of the habitat for orangutans so it is very important to keep this habitat from being damaged.
"Illegal mining activities must be acted firmly, especially corporate actors. They must be punished as severely as possible, they are not only detrimental to the state, but they have also damaged ecosystems and animal habitats, and threatened the lives of people. This is extraordinary crime. The Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya ordered to take firm action against the perpetrators of environmental destruction and forest areas," said Sustyo, in a press release on Saturday (8/25/2018).
KLHK investigators set PT. Laman Mining as a suspect based on two sufficient evidences and is alleged to have violated Law No. 18/2013 concerning Prevention and Eradication of Forest Destruction Article 89 Paragraph 2 Letter a and/or Letter b, with the threat of a prison sentence of at least eight years and the longest 20 years, plus a fine of at least IDR20 billion and a maximum of IDR50 billion.
Regarding the handling of this case, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry will continue to coordinate with the West Kalimantan Regional Police, West Kalimantan District Prosecutor and other law enforcement agencies to continue to oversee this case to its conclusion.