We have just had a very exciting email from FFI Tiger Protection Manager, Debbie Martyr updating us on the five arrests of poachers made earlier this year in Kerinci Seblat National Park.
In February 2015 a Tiger Protection Conservation Unit (TPCU) led law enforcement action in Sarolangun, Jambi – led to the arrest of three men, following their attempts to sell a tiger skin and bones.
Debbie’s email confirmed that the poachers were all sentenced to custodial terms of 1 year and five months plus fines. She comments, “That may seem light to some of you (us too of course) but we’re happy… this was the first time we have conducted LE in this district and the arrested men were all local.”
“We have conducted an investigation into this group for six months, and this group is very experienced in the act [of poaching],” said Dian Risianto, a section head for the National Park which houses the largest population of tigers on Sumatra island.
The email update went on to confirm, “…the two men arrested in Kerinci in March were sentenced to custodial terms of eight months…
Needless to say, none of these 5 men had previous records for wildlife trade offences even though they had been under investigation for suspected tiger poaching and/or trade for 6 months or longer.”
It takes a huge collaborative effort to protect wild tigers in Kerinci Seblat National Park (KSNP), Sumatra. Four provinces, with separate judicial and police services, mean that life for Debbie and the TPCUs that safeguard the area can be very complex.
Working alongside the Natural Resources Conservation Department (BKSDA), the Police and the National Park management team, the process of investigation to conviction is a long and fraught one.
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