Govt Should be Open in Extradition of Samadikun and Hartawan
JAKARTA, KOMPAS — The extradition of a high-profile fugitive involved in the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Support (BLBI) credit scam, Samadikun Hartono, and a suspect in the Bank Century case, Hartawan Aluwi, shows cooperative spirit from a number of countries toward Indonesia’s hunt for fugitives abroad.
The extradition of Hartawan, according to Professor of International Law from the University of Indonesia Hikmahanto Juwana, also showed cooperation from Singapore. A number of fugitives are believed to be living in Singapore, however the absence of an extradition treaty between Indonesia and Singapore makes it difficult to bring the fugitives back.
Hikmahanto said an extradition treaty with Singapore had been drafted and was ready to be signed. However, in 2005, Singapore asked Indonesia to ratify the treaty of defense for military exercises in South Sumatra. On account of the Indonesian government having yet to sign the treaty proposed by Singapore, the extradition treaty has not been signed.
“Ideally, there should be an extradition treaty, but it should not be signed as part of a package with the defense treaty,” he noted.
Despite the appreciation, the repatriation of Samadikun and Hartawan still raises questions about the arrest and repatriation process. In regard to Samadikun’s repatriation, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said on Thursday (21/4/2016) that the Chinese government had lobbied the Indonesian government to swap Samadikun with two terrorist convicts from Xinjiang, China, who joined the East Indonesia Mujahidin terrorist group.
However, the request was denied by State Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief Sutiyoso, who picked up Samadikun in Shanghai.
“The government should be transparent and explain the process of repatriation. Do not raise suspicions,” said a lecturer of Criminal Law at Parahyangan University, Agustinus Pohan.
He said, however, that the public would nonetheless appreciate the extradition.
The chief of the Legal Information Center at the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Amir Yanto, said Samadikun, who was sentenced to four years in prison, would discuss the payment of his Rp 169 billion state fine with his family. Meanwhile, Hartawan was sentenced to 14 years in prison and fined Rp 10 billion or an additional six months in prison.
National Police Chief Gen. (Pol) Badrodin Haiti said the police remained on the hunt for two other fugitives in the Bank Century case, namely Anton Tantular and Hendro Wiyanto. While Sutiyoso said his office was looking to apprehend 28 fugitives implicated in a number of corruption cases.