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Diplomacy pays off

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    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 11 2020   /  01:00 am
Buronan pelaku pembobolan Bank BNI Maria Pauline Lumowa berjalan dengan kawalan polisi usai tiba di Bandara Internasional Soekarno-Hatta, Tangerang, Banten, Kamis (9/7/2020). Tersangka pelaku pembobolan kas Bank BNI cabang Kebayoran Baru lewat Letter of Credit (L/C) fiktif sebesar Rp 1,2 triliun diekstradisi dari Serbia setelah menjadi buronan sejak 2003. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The absence of mutual legal assistance and extradition treaties between Indonesia and other countries has hindered the hunt for criminals on the run overseas, squashing any chances of recovering the state assets they have stolen. But as in the case of Maria Pauline Lumowa, such legal impediments can be resolved with good diplomacy. After 17 years on the run, Maria was repatriated from Serbia on Thursday by Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly and his team. The eastern European country and Indonesia have not signed any extradition or mutual legal assistance agreements (MLA). Yasonna said Maria, who holds a Dutch passport, had tried to evade the extradition. The extradition process began after the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) in Belgrade apprehended Maria on July 16, 2019, as she was entering the country through Nikola Tesla Airport, then alerted the Indonesian NCB i...