Tubagus Haryono, the chairman of the Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas) and acting chairman of the team, said Monday that the new team would include representatives drawn from the National Police and Attorney General's Office, and would have the power to initiate investigations and prosecutions.Unlike the previous team, which was overseen by state oil and gas firm PT Pertamina, the new team's day-to-day work will be supervised by the coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs, Tubagus said.
"If the team uncovers evidence in the field, it can be followed up by a police investigation," he
Through close coordination with the police, he
said, it was expected that the team would be able to deal effectively with the illegal trade in subsidized fuel throughout the country.
Previously, the team was only able to focus on 10 areas in Jakarta, including Cakung, East Jakarta, which have reportedly played host to illegal fuel depots.
Having police representatives sitting on the team, Tubagus
said, would allow it to extend its work to rural areas.
"We are targeting the inspection of 20 locations this year," he
said, while refusing to reveal their names.Tubagus
said that each illegal fuel depot had the potential to cost the state some Rp 150 million in losses every day.
said that based on articles 53, 54 and 55 of the 2001 Oil and Gas Law, offenders could be sentenced to between five and ten years in prison.