Attorney General Office Handling Forest Crime by Applying Multi-Door Approach
Palembang (03/05/2018). The Attorney General's Office of the Republic of Indonesia (AGO) and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) are serious and committed to synergizing efforts in law enforcement cases regarding forest destruction in Indonesia. Dr. Noor Rachmat, SH, Deputy Attorney General for Public Crimes, expressed the joint commitment in his speech at the opening of the FGD event on Crime Case Handling of Forest Destruction and its Potential in Multi-Door Law Enforcement on May 3, 2018 in Palembang, South Sumatera. This event was attended by the Central and Regional Officers of the Indonesian Prosecutor's Association (PJI), the heads of High Attorney's Office, all the Heads of District Attorney’s Office in SUMBAGSEL (Palembang, Jambi, Bengkulu, Bangka Belitung and Lampung), Assistant of the General Prosecutorial Crimes from 31 provinces in Indonesia, Criminal Against State Security, Public Order and Other General Crimes at the High Prosecutor from 31 provinces Indonesia, and the Section Head of Public Crimes at State Prosecutor in South Sumatra High Prosecutor's Office.
The discussion, held with support from DFAT Australia and UNDP Indonesia, is to commemorate the anniversary of the Indonesian Prosecutor's Association (PJI). This event also had several expert speakers including, Dr. Mas Achmad Santosa, SH, LL.M., Head of Task Force of Law Enforcement in Fishery, Sukma Violetta, S.H., LL.M. - Vice Chairman of the Judicial Commission, and Dr. Muhammad Yunus, M.Si. - Director of Criminal Law Enforcement of DG-Law KLHK, and Rhino Subagyo from The Asia Foundation.
Highlighting the importance of coordinated law enforcement for environmental crimes, the Attorney General Office has implemented multi-regulation-based law enforcement, formulated by the preparation of SOPs on Investigation and Prosecution of Forest Destruction cases. Moreover, these SOPs also include illegal logging cases settled by South Sumatra High Prosecutor Office through cooperation with KLHK Investigator in South Sumatra region. This illegal logging case resulted in a guilty verdict and the company being sentenced by the Palembang District Court.
The initiative of the drafting of SOPs in Attorney General office is also appreciated by UNDP Indonesia, Dr. A. Wahib Situmorang said, “the seriousness of the Attorney General’s Office and KLHK in enforcing the law of the forestry crime can prevent the occurrence of greater loss for Indonesia. The multi-regulatory or multidoor enforcement effort proves that the AGO and KLHK are aware of the complexities of forestry crime, so it is time for criminals to be charged with various legal instruments in place to create a deterrent effect to the perpetrators.”
On the same occasion the Chief of South Sumatra High Prosecutor Office, Ali Mukartono, SH. MM, said that the verdict of the PD Ratu Cantik case by the Palembang District Court is an attempt to fill the void of procedural law, by using the authority stated in article 39b of Law No.18 of 2013 on Prevention and Eradication of Forest Crime. This article allows a public prosecutor to conduct an investigation in an effort to complete the existing file for the case. By using that law, the file can be declared complete and they can apply to the courts for a re-trial.
At the end of the event, the participants agreed to formulate an action plan for handling forest crimes in Indonesia. This document will be the basis for supervision and monitoring by the Deputy Attorney General for Public Crimes, the High Attorney's Office and the District Attorney's Office. FGD participants also made a declaration as an effort and commitment in conducting law enforcement against forest and environmental crimes. The declaration is called the Palembang Declaration.
With the commitment and seriousness shown by the Attorney General Office and KLHK, it is expected to accelerate the handling of forest and environmental in Indonesia.
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