402 - 02/05 - Timber smuggling - Indonesia

A Panama-flagged vessel laden with 12,000 cubic meters of illegal logs was recently seized by the water police off Sorong, unearthing one of the biggest cases of timber smuggling ever discovered – at a value at more than US$1 billion. It has been made public by two non-governmental organisations (NGOs), who also accused Indonesian military and government officials of being involved.

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Thomas Miller

Date23/03/2009

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