“The verdict was correct, we do not destroy the environment through converting peat swamp forest into palm oil plantation.” — PT Kallista Alam attorney.
[PLEASE NOTE: The below is NOT from my blog. It’ from endoftheicoons.wordpress.com, a conservation group, typos and all, god love ’em.]
Sadly, it’s a 19th and 20th century tale, repeating over and over into the 21st century. Greed, corruption and consumer culture wins out over the environment.
If there were any doubt, Indonesia proves it’s truly a banana republic. The court tasked with hearing this Walhi litigation has tossed out the case, basically saying that the plaintiffs haven’t exhausted all remedies, suggesting mediation with these cruel, heartless, greedy monsters is the only option for now. Walhi plans on appealing to a higher court. Unfortunately, it might be too late. The Tripa orangs will be gone by year’s end according to environmental NGOs on the ground.
What’s enraging is that the lawyers for PT Kallista Alam actually have the balls to claim that the palm oil giant was all but legally vindicated in its “permitted” actions. Liars. And they conspired with so-called “Green Governor” Irwandi Yusuf, who sold out his people and land for a little tribute. There’s a special place in hell reserved for traitors to humanity and the earth like this.
Especially galling is that the court acknowledged the permit for conversion of 1,605 ha of Tripa’s Peat Swamp Forest was inside the protected Leuser Ecosystem!
And taking a page from the “tobacco doesn’t cause lung cancer” book, here’s the line of bullshit the palm oil attorney spewed-forth with a straight face (and money in-hand), “The verdict was correct, we do not destroy the environment through converting peat swamp forest into palm oil plantation” – PT. Kallista Alam Lawyer Firman Azwar Lubis.
Yeah, torching habitat and slaughtering innocents for life-sucking palm oil plantations is just one big motherfucking environmental Eden, isnt it? See above photo.
Statement from the Walhi attorneys:
Here’s a good summary in the Washington Post:
More info from Sydney Morning Herald:
Boycott palm oil!
UPDATED 5/25/2012: Looks like a bit of sanity bubbles to the surface of the Indonesian toilet bowl of palm oil/government collusion and corruption. Thanks to worldwide outcry, the government has re-listed certain parts of forestland on the moratorium maps. YAY! But nothing’s for certain in that banana republic. (Not that we’re getting any NEW land added, just old land rightfully reinstated that was removed by that criminal Irwandi Yusuf.) And it took worldwide attention to do it. KEEP IT UP!
Here’s the link to a story:
UPDATED 1/10/2014: Well some great news — That heartless, soulless, greedy palm oil company PT Kallista Alam was found liable and sentenced to enormous fines. Is this the turning point in preserving scarce habitat for critically endangered species?
In a precedent-setting case, an Indonesian court has found a palm oil company guilty of violating environmental laws and ordered it to pay $30 million in fines and reparations for clearing an area of protected peat forest that is a stronghold for endangered orangutans in Indonesia’s Aceh Province.
In a ruling handed down Wednesday, the Meulaboh district court concluded that PT Kallista Alam illegally cleared and burned forest within the the protected Tripa peat swamp in northwestern Sumatra. Senior Judge Rahmawati SH ordered the company to pay 114.3 billion rupiah ($9.4 million) in compensation and 251.7 billion rupiah ($20.6 million) to restore damaged areas.
But as a lawyer I know that while a judgment is one thing, collecting is another:
While the developments in Aceh are headline-grabbing, there are still questions whether the judgments will be ultimately enforced. Courts have levied tens of billions of dollars in fines against logging, pulp and paper, mining, and palm oil companies in Sumatra in recent years, but only a tiny fraction of the penalties have ever been paid. Cases may be held up for years by appeals or quietly dropped. Prosecutors are shuffled between agencies, companies change names and laws shift.
- Indonesia court refuses to rule on peat swamp case (times-standard.com)
- The Tripa peatswamp in Aceh is ablaze – despite the moratorium (climate-connections.org)
- Indonesia survey finds many unaware orangutan protected (reuters.com)
- Global Palm Oil Market to Exceed 100 Million Tonnes by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (prweb.com)
- Illegal orangutan trader prosecuted (eurekalert.org)
- Irwandi Yusuf – Corrupt “Green Governor” – Fires Raging in Peat Forest at Center of Legal Case in Indonesia (gettingonmysoapbox.wordpress.com)
- The “KONY 2012″ of Palm Oil – Watch “Green” on Youtube (gettingonmysoapbox.wordpress.com)