Following the seizure of 384 containers worth at least US$7.5 Million, Indonesian forestry authorities are reportedly investigating 18 companies they suspect of being involved in illegal logging and/or trade.
70 investigators from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) are working on the case. The forestry authority will be supervised by the Indonesian corruption commission (KPK).
It’s expected that any convictions of forest crimes will result in criminal charges for individuals and the revocation of operating licenses for businesses.
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