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Jakarta Post

Police suspect arson behind AGO blaze

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti and Galih Gumelar


Jakarta   /   Fri, September 18 2020   /  01:00 am
Firefighters douse a fire at the Attorney General's office in Jakarta on August 22, 2020. (AFP/Adek Berry)

The National Police’s Criminal Investigation Agency (Bareskrim) has found evidence that the fire that ravaged the main building of the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) complex in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, in August was lit intentionally. Bareskrim chief detective Comr. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo said the fire was caused by an open flame rather than an electrical short circuit, leading investigators to conclude in a preliminary probe that there could be criminal factors behind the fire. The police have now finished the preliminary investigation and are focusing on finding those responsible for the blaze. “Based on the findings so far, investigators say there is suspicion of criminal acts behind the incident,” Listyo said at a press briefing on Thursday. The fire broke out in a meeting room on the sixth floor of the building at 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 22 be...