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Jakarta Post

Maria’s extradition shows up other fugitive failures

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie


Jakarta   /   Fri, July 10 2020   /  01:00 am
Officers escort fugitive BNI bank burglary case, Maria Pauline Lumowa when she arrived at Soekarno-Hatta airport, Banten, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Indonesia succeeded in finally repatriating fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa, who had been wanted for 17 years for allegedly stealing billions of rupiah from a state-owned bank, from the Republic of Serbia on Thursday. The successful extradition, however, should inspire the authorities to catch other high-profile suspects and convicts who have fled the country, experts have insisted. On Thursday morning, the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s extradition team escorted Maria as the group arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport from Belgrade, where the Serbian government had formally handed her over to Indonesian authorities. Maria was named a suspect for fraudulent gains she made from loans from state-owned lender Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) issued to her company PT Gramarindo Group, which she coowned with Adrian Waworuntu. She allegedly used a fictitious letter of credit...