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Indonesia's central bankers hunt 'chili mafia' for stoking inflation

Pick-up in inflation restricting Bank Indonesia's room to cut interest rates to give the economy a much-needed boost

The case of the "chili mafia" involved a group of wholesalers who withheld supplies that were supposed to go to domestic markets and sold them instead to companies that make packaged food.


THEY'RE called the chili mafia - a shady group of wholesalers who manipulate the price of Indonesia's favourite spice - and the nation's central bankers are out to smash them.

The fact that Bank Indonesia has joined the police on the front line of fighting crime is an...

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