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Bootleg liquor kills 24 in Indonesia

An Indonesian government official throws a bottle into the mass of thousands of bottles of illegal alcohol being destroyed in Jakarta in 2003. Photo EPA/Ardiles Rante

An Indonesian government official throws a bottle into the mass of thousands of bottles of illegal alcohol being destroyed in Jakarta in 2003. Photo EPA/Ardiles Rante

Jakarta [RAW]

Bootleg liquor has reportedly killed at least two dozen people in a village in Indonesia’s Central Java province over the last few days.

Quoting police on Sunday, MetroTV said two people in the village of Sleman had been arrested for selling homemade liquor that was believed to have contained harmful substances.

Twenty-two others are being treated at hospitals.

‘Police have sent the hard liquors mixed with harmful substances to the laboratory in Semarang to be tested,’ MetroTV quoted Sleman police chief Yulianto as saying.

Deaths from moonshine are common in Indonesia, particularly in rural areas where many villagers are unable to afford licensed spirits.


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