Riau cops charge 29 linked to forest fires

Riau cops charge 29 linked to forest fires

JAKARTA -The Riau police have charged 29 people in connection with starting forest fires to clear land for plantations in the province in June.

"Among the suspects are field workers and plantation owners," Riau police chief Condro Kirono said in Pekanbaru, Riau, on Monday.

According to the police, some of the suspects were already on trial for their alleged misconduct, while others were undergoing further investigation.

In June, much of Riau was blanketed by a thick haze caused by the fires. Singapore and Malaysia were also affected.

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