Balinese man tried for concocting bootleg liquor

A 43-year-old man stood trial on the Denpasar District Court docket yesterday for mixing unlicensed alcoholic drinks (regionally often called oplosan) and labeling them with well-known manufacturers akin to Jack Daniel’s, Pink Label, and Chivas Regal.

Prosecutor I Made Agus Sastrawan mentioned in his indictment that IWP additionally affixed counterfeit excise stamps on his “merchandise” and demanded 1 12 months and eight months imprisonment in addition to IDR1.7 billion (US$118,335) in superb as his punishment.

“If [the defendant] can not pay the fines, then his property may be seized by prosecutors to pay them. If it’s not sufficient then it may be changed by serving [an additional] 4 months’ confinement,” Made Agus added.

The courtroom heard that IWP discovered his talent from working in an alcoholic drinks manufacturing facility in Singaraja between 2014 and 2015. He started producing his home made faux branded alcoholic drinks in April 2020 because the COVID-19 outbreak occurred. IWP reportedly produced the bootleg liquor at a rented home in Denpasar. He additionally purchased faux excise stamps to move off his merchandise as real.

In keeping with a witness, who labored at a restaurant in Denpasar that purchased 24 bottles of IWP’s “Jack Daniel’s”, every bottle was offered at IDR300,000 (US$21). That’s lower than 50 p.c of the retail value of the real product. 

Regardless of experiences of individuals dying after consuming tainted alcoholic drinks, bootleg liquor stays widespread in Indonesia, together with in Bali, due to their affordability.

As an illustration, a 700 milliliter bottle of Jack Daniel’s (the legit one, that’s) prices at the very least IDR1.5 million (US$104), whereas this 12 months’s minimal wage in Bali is round IDR2.5 million (US$174) per thirty days.

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