Forestry Laws

An East Java court sentenced 70-year old Asyani to 15 months probation and a US$40,000 fine for stealing seven pieces of wood belonging to state company PT Perhutani. Asyani insists she took the wood from her own land years ago but lacked the proper documentation. Civil society groups say Indonesia's forestry laws are used as a weapon against the poor, while big companies that illegally plunder the country's shrinking forests remain untouched.

Kompas - May 2, 2015