INDONESIA: Company president arrested over illegal refined sugar trade

Published: 11/10/2017, 5:35:01 PM

The Economic Crime Investigation Unit of the Indonesian National Police (Polri) has arrested Benyamin Budiman, President Director of Crown Pratama (CP). The arrest is related to the case of alleged irregularities in refined sugar distribution, according to Indonesia's Netral News.

Benyamin Budiman's arrest was confirmed by Police Brigadier General Setya Agung, Director of Economic Crime Investigation at Polri. He said Polri investigators have conducted an intensive examination of the suspect.

"We arrested the suspect yesterday, since we are still finding sugar produced from CP that are still in circulation," Agung said on Friday.

Agung continued that the arrest was made due to concerns that the suspect might run away, destroy the evidence, or repeat the crime again.

"Investigators believe that suspect BB should be legally responsible for irregularities in the distribution of refined sugar packaged in sachet form and distributed for consumption in Jakarta hotels and cafes and elsewhere," he said.

For information, investigators from Polri conducted a search at CP's warehouse at Kedaung Kaliangke Sub-District, Cengkareng Sub-district, West Jakarta City, on October 13, 2017.

From the search, investigators found 200 50-kilogram sacks of refined sugar, and 82,500 sachets of refined sugar ready for consumption. Investigators also found paper rolls bearing the names of hotels and cafes for sachet refined sugar packaging.

In accordance with the provisions of Regulation of the Minister of Trade No. 117 of 2015 Article 9 explained that refined crystal sugar can only be distributed to the industry.

In addition, on Decree of the Minister of Trade No. 527 of 2004 also explains that refined sugar is prohibited for consumption.

For the act, the suspect is abused by Article 139 jo Article 84 and Article 142 in conjunction with Article 91 of Law No. 18 of 2012 concerning Food and Article 62 in conjunction with Article 8 (1) Sub-Paragraph a of Law No. 8/1999 on Consumer Protection threatening 5 years in prison.