Seven arrested for illegal logging on Borneo island

Seven arrested for illegal logging on Borneo island

20 August 2005


Indonesian police say they’ve arrested five state forestry officials and two other men for alleged involvement in the illegal felling of forests on Borneo island.

Indonesia last month promised to spend 15-million U-S dollars in the fight against illegal logging, which costs the country billions of dollars in lost revenue annually.

The arrested forestry officials are accused of issuing fake logging rights documents.

About 74 other forestry ministry officials have been detained since January for backing illegal logging operations.

Rapid deforestation has had devastating environmental consequences for Indonesia and its neighbours, causing floods, landslides and choking haze from fires. 


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