JAKARTA, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia's Environment and Forestry Ministry has won a lawsuit against illegal logging after the Supreme Court ordered a timber firm to pay a fine of 16.24 trillion rupiah (about 1.2 billion U.S. dollars).
"The decision is in line with our efforts to address environmental justice. We hope it will give a deterrent effect to the others," Law Enforcement Director General at the ministry Rasio Ridho Sani told reporters on Thursday.
The fine was the largest for such kind of case in the nation's history, Rasio said, adding that the ministry would execute the order immediately after receiving legal notice from the court.
The ministry filed an appeal to the Supreme Court after the district and state courts turned down the case in March and November 2014.
The timber firm, Merbau Pelalawan, was found breaching an agreement related to 5,590 hectares of land concession in Riau province on Sumatra island, awarded by the government in 2002.
According to the court's indictment, Merbau Pelalawan was convicted of illegal logging outside the concession land area in 2004, 2005 and 2006, leading to the damage of 1,873 hectares of forest and peat land.
The Riau province saw rampant abuse of forests committed by bogus timber firms following the increasing demands on pulp and paper products in international market.