Indonesia arrests 7 suspects of illegal logging in West Kalimantan

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JAKARTA, July 10 (Xinhua) — Indonesian authorities have arrested seven people on suspicion of illegal logging in West Kalimantan province’s district of Kapuas Hulu, a local police officer said on Friday.

“These carpenters can’t show us their permits. We suspect them of having committed a crime on forest degradation,” head of Kapuas Hulu police Siswo Handoyo was quoted by Indonesia’s state news agency Antara as saying.

The police, in cooperation with the Indonesian military and forest rangers, arrested the suspects on Wednesday morning in two separate locations, namely Nanga Raun and Nanga Arong villages.

They seized at least 105 pieces of timber and seven tree cutting chainsaws as evidences.

The suspects shall be charged in accordance with the law.

According to Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Ministry, data from April 23 showed that about 465,500 hectares of land had been deforested between 2018 and 2019. Enditem

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