Jayapura, 17/2 (Jubi) – The Sorong state court sentenced a policeman to two years in prison for illegal logging and fuel smuggling.
Adj. First. Insp. Labora Sitorus (LS), a member of the Raja Ampat police department made headlines last year for allegedly accumulating banking transactions around Rp 1. 5 trillion over the last five years. He was
Chief prosecutor ES Maruli Hutagalung said he would appeal the sentence.
Prosecutors had demanded a 15-year prison for Sitorus
“LS was sentenced to two years and the Papua Prosecutors’ office directly appealed to the High Court . Now this case is in the authority of the High Court. The sentence is far below our request of 15 years,” Hutagalung said on Monday evening (2/17).
He called the verdict strange.
“The evidence including seven vessels containing fuel and 7.000 types Merbau logs were returned to the PT. Rotua which is owned by LS, even though illegal logging and illegal fuel smuggling are proven,” Maruli wondered
The Papua prosecutors’ office is awaiting the defendant’s confirmation on whether or not he will appeal. (Jubi / Arjuna/ Tina)