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12 companies named suspects in forest, land fires

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 8, 2015   /  03:10 pm
12 companies named suspects in forest, land fires (AFP/Adek Berry) (AFP/Adek Berry)

(AFP/Adek Berry)

Twelve companies have been named suspects by the police in forest and land fire cases. Two of them include foreign investment companies, namely PT Antang Sawit Perkasa (PT ASP) and PT Kayong Agro Lestari (PT KAL).

The National Police's Criminal Investigation Agency (Bareskrim) chief Comr. Gen. Anang Iskandar told kompas.com on Thursday that the cases involving PT ASP and PT KAL were being handled by the Central Kalimantan Police and West Kalimantan Police, respectively.

In addition to the companies, the police also named 211 individuals as suspects, based on 242 police reports with total burned areas reaching 42,677 hectares.

According to Anang, 24 cases are currently under investigation, while 57 cases have been handed over to the prosecutor's office.

He added that the police would continue to investigate all of the fire-related cases in cooperation with other government institutions as sanctions would be given to companies that are proven to be guilty. (kes)(++++)

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