Tons of Ammonium Nitrate Are Finally Destroyed in Riau Islands

The process of destroying ammonium nitrate at the Special DJBC Kepri Office, Karimun. (Photo: Edo / batamnews)

Karimun - After being stored for years in the warehouse of Riau Islands Special Directorate General of Customs and Excise, the evidence of tons of ammonium nitrate was finally destroyed on Wednesday (9/9/2020).

A total of 532.9 tons of ammonium nitrate were destroyed by Riau Islands High Prosecutor's Office by soaking them in water. Ammonium nitrate was evidence of 10 customs crimes that have permanent legal force.

"Evidence is booty for the state, after going through the trial process. This is the result of customs declaration in smuggling since 8 years ago," said the Kepri Attorney General, Sudarwidadi.

Previously, the evidence had been auctioned off. However, it was hindered by two obstacles, namely the buyer and the applicable regulations.

The way of handling ammonium nitrate has become the government's attention after the incident in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4, 2020. Where hundreds of people were killed in the incident.

"Execution by auction is not easy with buyers' obstacles. As well as the police chief's regulation on the licensing of commercial explosives control," said Kajati.

"The use of evidence was used for fertilizer. Then, another solution emerged, which was by destroying it. This change of status is of course finalized through permissions of the authorized official," he said.

Meanwhile, Kakanwil DJBC Kepri Agus Yulianto said that his party has now calmed down and the duty of handling ammonium nitrate has been completed after taking quite a long time.

The process will be carried out in stages of three days. The method of destroying by soaking them in water was considered very safe and simple.