Samarinda, East Kalimantan. Investigators at the Kalimantan Region Gakkum LHK Kalimantan Region Region II Samarinda, on Friday June 14, 2019 in a joint operation, managed to secure 16 people and the KLM Kartika ship loaded with about 30 M3 of Galam wood from the Apar Bay Nature Reserve area in Selengot Village, Tanjung District Harapan Paser, East Kalimantan Province. Investigators have named MY (Nahkoda) and IK (buyers) as suspects in this case.

Both suspects have been entrusted to Samarinda Police Detention Center to undergo the investigation process by the Kalimantan Region Gakkum LHK Investigator. While the evidence in the form of a ship with the name KLM. Kartika GT 237 No. 537 / Na along with its cargo ± 30 M3 Galam wood is currently secured in Samarinda Harbor.

Investigators from the Kalimantan GHKUM Balai Gakkum ensnared the two suspects with Article 12 letter d jo Article 83 paragraph (1) letter a and or Article 12 letter k jo Article 87 paragraph (1) letter a of RI Law Number 18 of 2013 concerning Prevention and Eradication Destruction of Forests with the threat of imprisonment for a minimum of 1 (one) year and a maximum of 5 (five) years and a minimum fine of Rp. 500,000,000 (five hundred million rupiah) and a maximum of Rp. 2,500,000,000 (two billion five hundred million rupiah).

The disclosure of this case began with the East Kalimantan BKSDA report on the presence of Galam wood transportation activities in the Apar Bay Nature Reserve Area on June 13, 2019. Then the Kalimantan Regional Gakkum Office through the Regional Section II Samarinda conducted a Joint Operation with the East Kalimantan BKSDA. On Friday June 14, 2019, at approximately 11:30 West Indonesian Time the Team met and secured KLM. Kartika which is loaded with Galam wood which is at the coordinates of 020 12 ‘50.71 “LS and 1160 29” 20.39 “East. At this location the Joint Operations Team secured and questioned the captain of the ship (MY), ABK and laborers. Based on the information obtained, the Joint Operations Team sought and secured IK in Wisma Eja Tanah Grogot. Then the Joint Operations Team secures and brings the perpetrators and evidence to the Kalimantan Regional Balai Gakkum office in Samarinda.

Currently, the Investigator is developing a case by pursuing the owner of Galam wood and the buyer or container located in Madura. The successful handling of this case is inseparable from the good cooperation and synergy that has been established between the Kalimantan GKKUM LHK Balai Kalimantan, the East Kalimantan BKSDA, the Regional Production Forest Management Center Samarinda, the Paser Regional Police and the East Kalimantan Regional Police.

Source: KLKK Law Enforcement