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Indonesia launches corruption case over palm oil exports

Christian Fernsby |
Indonesian authorities have opened a corruption case linked to the issuance of palm oil export permits.

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The move comes as the government in Indonesia, which is the world’s top palm oil producer, has faced pressure to control soaring cooking oil prices. Authorities between late January and the middle of March restricted exports of palm oil and its derivatives, requiring companies to meet demand at home before they were allowed to export.

“We have conducted an investigation and have found strong indications of the criminal offence of corruption relating to the issuance of export permits for palm oil,” Attorney General Sanitiar Buhanuddin said in a televised statement.

There was evidence export permits had been issued for companies that had not yet met the requirements to meet local supply, he said.

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