Malaysian arrested in Riau forest fire case

Malaysian arrested in Riau forest fire case

JAKARTA - A Malaysian citizen, Danesuvaran K. Singam, general manager of PT ADEI Plantation and Industry (AP), was detained on Friday after being held responsible in a forest and land fire case in Pelalawan regency, Riau.

He was named a suspect on Oct. 10, but he was not detained at the time although he was required to report to the police. He is also prohibited from leaving the country.

Riau Police chief spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Guntur Aryo Tejo said the suspect was arrested during a regular visit after detectives from the special crime directorate completed his dossier.

The special crime directorate has also named PT AP managing director Tan Key Yong, also a Malaysian citizen, a suspect in the forest and land fire case, which contributed to the thick haze that enveloped Riau in July and August. The police are still working on Tan's dossiers and he is only required to report to the police.

Both executives were blamed for allowing cooperatives who are the company's partners to conduct slash-and-burn land clearing activities.

Both suspects are facing the maximum 15-year prison sentence and a fine of Rp 15 billion (S$1.56 million) for violating Articles 98 and 99 of Law No. 32/2009 on Environmental Protection and Management and Articles 48 and 49 of Law No. 18/2004 on Plantation.

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