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14.11.09

Twenty-one Greenpeace activists named suspects


Pekanbaru, Riau - Police have named 21 Greenpeace activists suspects after they sealed the heavy-duty equipment of logging company PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Papers (RAPP) in Kampar Peninsula, Riau, their defense lawyer said.

The 21 were among 33 Greenpeace activists detained at the Pelalawan police resort after they sealed the heavy-duty equipment in a peatland forest area in the peninsula on Thursday, lawyer Susilaningtias said here on Friday.All the 21 suspects are from Indonesia.

Twelve of the 33 Greenpeace activists are foreign nationals. They come from Brazil, Germany, Thailand, Spain and the Philippines.

Police have yet to decide on the legal status of the foreign nationals. They are now undergoing normal interrogation.

None of the activists declared suspects have been detained. By Friday evening, they were still at the police resort`s hall.

The 21 activists are charged with committing an unpleasant act under article 335 of the Criminal Code and violating a ban on entry into a company`s working area without a permit under article 551 of the code.

"They may be penalized under articles 335 and 551 of the Criminal Code. It was a RAPP employee who reported them to the police," Susilaningtias said.

Earlier, chief of the Pelalawan police resort Adj. Chief Coms. Ari Rachman denied that the police had detained tens of Greenpeace activists after they sealed the heavy-duty equipment in the RAPP concession area.

"The police did not arrest but protected them after the local people had written to the Riau governor, the Riau provincial police and the Pelalawan police resort rejecting the presence of the Greenpeace activists," he said.

"We were afraid they would clash with local people who resented their presence after they had sealed the company`s heavy-duty equipment," Ari said.

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