Fuel thieving gang arrested

Jakarta: A Pertamina official has been taken into police custody, accused of being involved in five year fuel scandal, making off with more than $100m from fuel syphoned from ships.

The Riau-based official, identified as Yusri, was taken in by police following an investigation into Niwen Khairani, a civil servant in Batam, Riau Islands, who logged banking transactions worth Rp 1.3trn ($110.5m) between 2008 and 2013. Niwen turned out to be Yusri’s sister.

The police suspect that Yusri and another accomplice have been conducting ship-to-ship fuel transfer four times a month since 2008. [05/09/14]

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