Surabaya. The Surabaya District Court is ready to stage a trial for the 2015 murder of anti-mining activist and farmer Salim Kancil, who fought against illegal mining activities in Lumajang district, East Java.
Salim, from the village of Selok Awar-Awar in Pasirian subdistrict, was killed in September 2015 after he was attacked and tortured by at least a dozen men. He was reportedly electrocuted and beaten with a stick and a hoe before his neck was slashed with a saw.
His partner, Tosan, who also actively fought against illegal mining, also suffered major injuries in the assault but was lucky enough to survive.
Prosecutors at the Surabaya Attorney's Office on Wednesday (03/03) handed its investigation reports of the 36 suspects to the Surabaya District Court.
“As for the money laundering case, it only applies to Selok Awar-Awar village chief Haryono [who is also a suspect]. However, he will not stand trial at the [Surabaya] Anti-Corruption Court but at the Surabaya District Court since the case is categorized as a predicate crime [a crime committed as a lead-up to a bigger and more serious crime],” Surabaya Attorney's Office head Didik Farkhan Alisyahdi said on Wednesday.
Haryono and his partners were bribed to hand out permits to illegal mining activities in the village. Haryono also reportedly hired a mob to beat both Salim and Tosan for protesting the illegal mines.
Investigator found that Salim's murder was necessary for Haryono and the gang to keep the profit for themselves.
According to Didik, Haryono could face a maximum of 10 years in prison and receive a fine of Rp 10 billion ($729,928) for money laundering. He did not mention the legal penalties for the other crimes in which Haryono and dozens of other suspects committed.