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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

12 die after drinking bootleg alcohol

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Twelve men have died after drinking bootleg
liquor, Indonesian police said Tuesday.

The victims died in Bantul district in the main
island of Java in recent days, said local police
spokeswoman Anny Pudjiastuti.

Four other people are in hospital after drinking
the liquor, she said.

A man suspected of selling the alcohol has been
arrested in Bantul, which is in Central Java, and
81 bottles of liquor confiscated.

“The suspect could be charged with causing
death and could be jailed for 15 to 20 years,”
said Pudjiastuti.

Police said they were still investigating what the
bootleg liquor contained.

There have been several cases in recent years of
people dying after drinking bootleg alcohol. In
February 26 people in Sleman district — next to
Bantul — died after consuming locally-bought
homebrew.

Indonesia is home to the world’s biggest Muslim
population, but most practise a moderate form
of Islam and alcohol is available in big cities.

However in rural areas, where few drink, getting
hold of alcohol can be difficult and people
sometimes turn to potentially dangerous
homebrews.

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