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Indonesia: Denial follows accusations of government-run garlic cartel

 |  August 22, 2013

Importers of garlic and various government officials in Indonesia are denying accusations they colluded to form a cartel and inflate garlic prices, say reports. In the second hearing of the case, launched by the Business Competition Supervisory Commission, the Trade Ministry denied the cartel claims and further said its officials are not subject to the nation’s competition law. The KPPU is using the 1999 Monopoly and Unfair Competition Law to bring the case against the accused. But in the Trade Ministry’s testimony, law bureau chief Lasminingsih said the KPPY does not have the authority to name the government” as defendants in the case. The first hearing of the matter was held last month.

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