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Jakarta Post

Labora Sitorus back in prison

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 20, 2015   /  11:25 am

After weeks of resistance, former police officer Labora Sitorus, who was sentenced to 15 years'€™ imprisonment and ordered to pay a Rp 5 billion (US$400,000) fine to the state for illegal logging, fuel hoarding and money laundering, was brought back to Sorong prison early on Friday to serve his sentence.

The move was conducted by the Sorong Prosecutor'€™s Office in cooperation with the police.

West Papua Police chief Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said Labora had agreed to serve his sentence without any resistance at 7:30 a.m. local time on Friday.

Labora, a former chief brigadier with the police in Raja Ampat, was sentenced to 15 years'€™ imprisonment by the Supreme Court in September 2014, 13 years more than the punishment imposed by Sorong District Court in 2013.

The state prosecutor appealed to the Supreme Court when the district court'€™s verdict was deemed too light. Labora was brought to court when the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) detected he had a suspicious bank account worth Rp 1.5 trillion.

While waiting for the appeal verdict at Sorong prison, Labora walked out of the prison without permission from the chief warden for medical treatment.

After a long investigation, Labora was found at his house in Sorong, along with the protection of hundreds of local residents and his employees who were against his arrest.

West Papua Prosecutor'€™s Office head Herman da Silva confirmed Labora'€™s arrest had gone ahead without any resistance from the convict and his supporters.

'€œOur task to execute the court'€™s verdict has been completed,'€ he said as quoted by Antara news agency.

He added that if the convict objected to the court'€™s verdict, he had a right to request that the Supreme Court reopen his case. (rms)

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