In first for Indonesia, illegal miner found guilty of multiple crimes

first_imgThe Environment and Forestry Ministry’s Law Enforcement Directorate General charged Azeman under Law No. 18/2013 on the prevention and eradication of forest destruction, which carries a maximum punishment of 15 years’ imprisonment and a Rp 10 billion (US$681,700) fine.Separately, the directorate general’s Sumatra chapter charged Azeman under Law No. 32/2009 on environmental protection and management, which carries a maximum punishment of 10 years’ imprisonment and a Rp 10 billion fine.The ministry’s criminal law enforcement director, Yazid Nurhuda, said the panel of judges had sentenced Azeman to four years and six months’ imprisonment and ordered him to pay a Rp 3 billion fine, exceeding the charges sought by the public prosecutors.Yazid expressed appreciation for the panel’s “multidoor” decision, describing it as “very historic”, although he said the perpetrator should have been punished to the full extent of the law. For the first time in Indonesia, a court has sentenced an illegal miner to multiple crimes in an attempt to create a deterrent effect to curb environmental and forestry crimes.The Koba District Court of Central Bangka regency in Bangka Belitung Islands found Azeman, 44, guilty of two crimes for mining illegally in the protected forest area of Lubuk Besar in the regency.The panel of judges, which was presided over by Yuliana and included members Subroto and Magdalena Simanungkalit, found the defendant guilty of mining in a forest area without a permit and deliberately causing environmental damage. “Perpetrators of such crimes should be severely punished,” he said in a statement released on Tuesday, adding that investigators and relevant experts were gathering evidence on the involvement of other parties.The ministry’s law enforcement director general, Rasio Ridho Sani, said environmental and forest damages in Bangka Belitung Islands had been “very severe” and that the “multidoor” scheme was a breakthrough for combating environmental destruction.“The enforcement of multilayered criminal law needs to also be applied to the laundering of the profits from illegal mining,” Rasio said.“We are talking with the PPATK [Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center] and the Attorney General’s Office about civil suits against illegal mining actors,” he added.Topics :last_img read more

TGI Group Tasks Eagles to Go for Victory against Algeria

first_imgOkon Bassey in UyoAn international investment and holding company, Tropical General Investment (TGI) Group has advised the Super Eagles to aim for victory in the last World Cup qualification match with the Fennecs of Algeria.Executive Director of TGI Group, Mr. Onyekachi Onubogu tasks the Nigerian senior national team wednesday. The TGI Group is the owners of the Big Bull Rice brand which recently signed a milestone agreement with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) as the official food sponsor of the Super Eagles for the next three yearsHe stressed that a win by the Super Eagles in the encounter with the Algerians despite already picking the Group B ticket to Russia 2018 will further boost the ego of the team and put them in the right frame of minds as they begin final preparations for the global football fiesta.According to him, “it is our desire that the Super Eagles finish their qualification series unbeaten with a win against the Fennecs of Algeria”.He admonished Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, and his players to make tomorrow’s game another win to show that they are prepared to conquer the world in Russia 2018.“We will like to again congratulate the Super Eagles of Nigeria for qualifying for the World Cup next year in Russia and most importantly for being the first African nation to do so.”Onubogu said the TGI is committed to continue supporting the NFF and the Super Eagles as they plan and prepare to bring glory to Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Didi Dramani: Kotoko dropping points is no worry

first_imgAsante Kotoko Coach Masud Didi Dramani insists his side will win the First Capital Plus premier league despite their recent poor form.Kotoko’s unimpressive form in the second round continued as they drew 1-1 with Berekum Chelsea at the Berekum Golden City park on Sunday.Midfielder Richard Mpong’s 49th minute equalizer after striker Akorah Gyimah had given Chelsea the lead in the first half saved the Porcupine Warriors from two successive defeats in their title charge.Despite the draw the defending Ghana premier league champions lead the summit with 9 points.“We showed that we were capable of getting back into the game, the unfortunate aspect is that we couldn’t get a win to extend our lead and the points between us and the second placed team has reduced but that doesn’t deter us,” said Dramani“If you look at the English premiership the point difference is very slim and we have hope that we will win so many matches and widen the gap and then give our players the chance to recuperate especially those that have injuries. “Unfortunately the game of football is always like that at times when you anticipate that you come out with a win you don’t get it all, at times you look for a draw and you win so we just have to keep working hard.”last_img read more