NEWS : Gorontalo, March 19, 2023. The criminal case file on behalf of suspect ZH (23) in the case of smuggling protected wildlife in Gorontalo has been declared complete (P-21) by the Gorontalo High Prosecutor’s Office. Suspect ZH along with further evidence will soon be submitted to the Gorontalo High Prosecutor’s Office.
Based on the results of the investigation by the Investigator of Balai Gakkum KLHK Sulawesi Region Section III Manado, ZH has violated the provisions of Article 40 paragraph (2) jo. Article 21 paragraph (2) letter a of Law of the Republic of Indonesia Number 5 of 1990 concerning the Conservation of Biological Natural Resources and their Ecosystems with a maximum penalty of imprisonment of 5 (five) years and a maximum fine of 100 million rupiah.
This case came to light thanks to information from the public who saw wildlife in cages loaded in minibuses at Andalas Terminal Gorontalo City and then reported to officers. The protected wildlife consists of 3 (three) Proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus) with 1 (one) dead condition, and 2 (two) White Bearded Gibbons (Hylobates albibarbis).
Furthermore, the team of Balai Gakkum KLHK Sulawesi Region, Section III Manado together with Balai KSDA North Sulawesi Conservation Section Region II Gorontalo went to the location and secured the protected wildlife.
Based on the information obtained by the team, the animal was deposited in a minibus transporting passengers from Toboli Village, Central Sulawesi to Gorontalo City, to be handed over to travel representatives in Gorontalo City and planned to be taken to Manado City.
Aswin Bangun, Head of Balai Gakkum KLHK Sulawesi Region said, “Crimes against protected plants and wildlife are very extraordinary
crimes, because they have a direct impact on ecosystem damage. The handling of this case is a form of commitment and seriousness of Balai Gakkum KLHK Sulawesi in saving and preserving protected plants and wildlife,” said Aswin.
The participation of all parties is needed in order to preserve protected plants and wildlife.
Source : GAKKUM KLHK