PA: operation investigates illegal extraction of wood of the indigenous land Tembé

PA: operation investigates illegal extraction of wood of the indigenous land Tembé

Published on May 22, 2013 by HC

 

 

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They were completed yesterday (21), search and seizure warrants in 27 locations where there may be evidence relating to illegal logging scheme. In 2012, there was conflict between Indians and loggers

Joint operation of the Federal Public Ministry in para (MPF/PA), the Federal Police and the Brazilian Institute of environment and renewable natural resources (Ibama) meets on Tuesday, May 21, 27 warrants for search and seizure in offices and homes related to companies and people suspected of joining a scheme of illegal deforestation in Tembé indigenous area. The Federal Court issued warrants in Paragominas for today and the investigation was initiated by the MPF in Paragominas.

The orders are being completed in 10 cities from Pará, São Domingos do Maranhão and Anápolis (Goiás). The municipalities are Paragominas, Pará Santa Luzia do Pará, São Miguel do Guamá, Nova Esperança do Piriá, Viseu, Dom Eliseu, Capanema, Altamira, Ananindeua and Bethlehem.

The area of the indigenous land Tembé (which houses the Tembé and Kayapo ethnicities) is one of the last remaining forest blocks in the northeast of the State and has been the scene of conflict between indigenous peoples, environmental tax and loggers, who reacted violently to the presence of surveillance.

Logging and sawmills located on the outskirts of the indigenous land are suspected of fraud in public systems that issue licenses for logging. Those involved are suspected of creating fictitious forest credits to confer legal appearance to cold wood, taken from prohibited areas. The practice is known as overheated.

The decision of the Federal Court of Paragominas also determined the suspension of authorization management, deforestation, or any similar operation granted in favour of individuals and corporations that are being investigated.

Report of the Federal Public Ministry in para, published by EcoDebate, 5/22/2013

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