Sat, 04 Aug 2001

Police say arson behind blaze

CIREBON, West Java: A fire that gutted the Cirebon Land Affairs Office and destroyed hundreds of land certificates last month was deliberate, police announced on Friday.

Cirebon Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Ricardo Hutahuruk said the evidence suggested arson and that the fire on July 9 may have been started by employees of the land office, Antara reported.

He declined to disclose the possible motive.

The head of the Land Affairs Office, Cecep Bagja Gunawan, refused to comment on the police findings. (07)