Suspect on the Case of Clearing by Burning in Tripa being the Functional Perpetrator
Firman Hidayat | The Globe Journal
Friday, September 14, 2012 01:50 WIB | free translation by Adji Darsoyo
Banda Aceh – The 6th Deputy of the Ministry of the Environment (MoE) covering the Settlement of the Environmental Law, Sudaryono, stated that the Ministry has filed a criminal and civil lawsuit against two companies, PT. Kalista Alam and PT. SPS-2, related to the case of Tripa Peat Swamp.
He explained that the case was handled by the MoE base on a letter from UKP-4 from April 11, 2012, addressed to the MoE and to the National Policem which was followed up with field investigation in coordination with the National Police and the Attorney General.
“We have been conducting several field investigations, during May 3 to 5, June 9 to 10 and July 24 to 25 of 2012, in accordance with the letter of UKP-4,” said Sudaryono to The Globe Journal onThursday afternoon (13/09).
According to him, there are 34 witnesses from both companies called for interrogation, 21 from PT. SPS and 13 from PT. Kalista Alam. “We only look from the perspective of the criminal and civil law upon the case of clearing by burning and there is strong indication of deliberate action in the case of burning,” emphasized Sudaryono.
The civil investigators of the MoE are in the final process of determining the suspect to be handed over to the Attorney General. “The suspect leads to the functional perpetrator and the company, not field personnel,” convinced Sudaryono. This means the person and the company responsible, while the civil lawsuit includes environmental destruction and rehabilitation.