Jakarta

Police to question RIM
over BlackBerry sale stampede

Representatives of Research In Motion (RIM), the manufacturer of BlackBerry smartphones, will undergo questioning at South Jakarta Police office on Monday over an incident that took place during a Blackberry promotional event, which resulted in many customers becoming injured, police say.

“[RIM] asked to be questioned on Monday because they need to be assisted by translators. Hopefully the questioning won’t be delayed any longer,” South Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Imam Sugianto said Monday as quoted by kompas.com.

He added that police had questioned 10 people as witnesses in the case and named one person as a suspect from the event’s organizing committee for his apparent failure to prepare anticipatory measures, which had resulted in the injury of members of the public.

“[The suspect] is charged with Article 360 of the Criminal Code but has not been detained because he has been cooperative, so he only has to report,” Imam said.

Imam added that there was still a possibility that RIM or the management of Pacific Place mall, where the incident took place, could also be held responsible.

“There is every possibility that the case will continue to develop,” he said.

Dozens of people were injured in a stampede when thousands of people lined up to get their hands on a half-price BlackBerry Bellagio handheld device, which was being launched at the promotional event.

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