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Jakarta Post

Ministry may press charges over hostage incident

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, September 7 2016   /  07:19 am

The Environment and Forestry Ministry is considering taking legal action against the people who allegedly held hostage and threatened officials from the ministry while they were investigating a forest fire.

Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said the ministry would first collect evidence on the incident, in which seven ministry officials were harassed by a group of people while they were investigating a forest fire in Rokan Hulu, Riau.

“Regarding the hostage incident, it’s a crime. We will soon study the procedural law. While we’re looking at the procedures, I believe the right thing to do is to collect data. If needed, we will file a report [of the incident to the police],” she said.

Late last week, ministry officials investigating the alleged involvement of PT Andika Permata Sawit Lestari (APSL) in a massive forest fire in the area were held hostage by individuals...