Police name two new suspects in orangutan killing case

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The National Police on Thursday named two more suspects in the case of orangutan (pongo pygmaeus morio) killings at Puan Cepak village, Muara Kaman sub district, Kutai Kartanegara (Kukar) District, East Kalimantan Province.

"Based on the investigation by the Kukar and East Kalimantan Police offices today, we name and detain two new suspects, namely W bin W, 29 years old and an employee, and PCH, 46 years old and a senior manager," Inspector General Saud Usman Nasution, a spokesman of the Indonesian National Police, said here on Thursday.

W was suspected as the person who had recruited the main suspect, caught and shot orangutans. He had also provided the facilities.

PCH, the senior manager, was the person who had suggested and instructed the establishment of a team to hunt pests (including orangutans and monkeys) in the plantation area of PT. Khaleda Agroprima Malindo (KAM), an oil palm plantation company belonged to Malaysia.

"For some others, we are still waiting for further investigation. For sure, whoever was involved in this case will be thoroughly processed, without discrimination, including the company`s employees or others," Saud said.

The National Police have grilled 25 witnesses in the orangutan and monkey killing case.

Police had earlier named two suspects, namely M alias G and M, in the Kalimantan orangutan and monkey killing case.

The two suspects are pest eradication workers of PT KAM.

They said they had killed the animals on instructions from PCH and A, PT KAM managers, two years ago. They were paid Rp200,000 per one monkey and Rp1 million per orangutan.

They are now liable to a five-year jail sentence and payment of a Rp100 million-fine in accordance with Law No 5/1990 on Natural Resource Biodiversity and Ecosystem Conservation. (*)

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