Tue, 01 Jul 2008
The government said it has decided to turn 42,000 hectares of oil palm plantation into forests in Padanglawas, North Sumatra, Asia Pulse reported.

The plantation was built on a protected forest land by PT Torus Ganda, owned by Darianus Longguk Sitorus, now serving eight years in jail.

The license of the company over the land has been revoked, M. Fauzi, an expert staff of the forestry minister was quoted as saying by the newspaper Bisnis Indonesia.

Fauzi said 24 other companies are illegally using protected forest lands in Padanglawas and they are asked to return the land to the forestry ministry, otherwise the government will bring the cases to court.



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