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Investigation into Riau forest fires continues

Date of Release: 
Sep 18 2013

A Malaysian company accused of being responsible for recent peatland and forest fires in Riau is still under criminal investigation, the province’s top police officer has said.

Riau Police chief Brig. Gen. Condro Kirono said during a hearing with members of the House of Representatives Commission IV on Tuesday that his force was now investigating a subsidiary of Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhard, PT ADEI Plantation and Industry (API).

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First court case over haze may start next month

Date of Release: 
Aug 30 2013

THE first case of a company charged with illegal burning may land in a Riau district court next month, said a senior Indonesian official, even as the haze thickened and meteorologists warned of more hot spots through October.

"Most of the cases have moved to the investigations stage and we expect the first case ready to be in court by end of September," Mr Mas Achmad Santosa, deputy of a presidential task force, told The Straits Times on the sidelines of a United Nations-led workshop on Forestry Law.

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