33 charged with hoarding masks, hand sanitizers

33 charged with hoarding masks, hand sanitizers

Policemen collect evidence in a case involving hoarding of face masks and hand sanitizers in Cibinong, Bogor District, West Java. (ANTARA PHOTO/Yulius Satria Wijaya/foc)

In total, the police have detected 18 cases of mask and hand sanitizer hoarding and identified 33 suspects
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Police have filed charges against 33 persons suspected of hoarding masks and hand sanitizers for selling them at higher prices amid a nationwide shortage due to a spike in demand triggered by the coronavirus scare.

"In total, the police have detected 18 cases of mask and hand sanitizer hoarding and identified 33 suspects,” said spokesperson for the Indonesian Police, Senior Commissioner Asep Adisaputra, here on Thursday.

Some of the 33 suspects are traders who planned to benefit from the current crisis by selling masks and hand sanitizers at higher prices, he added.

“This has become our priority — cases of hoarding and sale of masks and hand sanitizers at higher prices in the market amid the coronavirus outbreak. Two of the 33 suspects have been detained," he continued.

The Jakarta Metro Police handled six of the 18 cases, South Sulawesi Police two cases, East Java Police four cases, West Java Police three cases, Riau Islands Police two cases, and Central Java Police one case.

Charges have been filed against the suspects under the trade, health, and consumer protection laws.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Sanitiar Burhanuddin has directed prosecutors handling cases involving hoarding of masks, medicines, basic necessities, and spreading of hoaxes related to COVID-19 to seek the maximum penalty for perpetrators.

This would serve as a warning for others planning to commit similar crimes, Burhanuddin said. (INE)


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