TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly asserted that the law enforcement process against Maria Pauline Lumowa will not end yet after the extradition by the Serbian government. Law enforcers, he said, will further pursue the fugitive’s assets.
“We will continuously track it. Along with law enforcers, we will conduct asset recovery owned by Maria abroad,” said Yasonna in a press conference at Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Jakarta, Thursday, July 9.
Yasonna said the government will make every legal effort to freeze Maria’s assets, block her accounts, and so on. “All of that can be done after a legal process runs here. We will do these efforts but they’re not instant,” he added.
The Law and Human Rights Ministry, Yasonna went on, will cooperate with law enforcers including the National Police and the Attorney General’s Office. Maria is currently detained in the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department.
Maria is one of the suspects in the embezzlement case using a fake Letter of Credit (L/C0). In the period of October 2002 to July 2003, Bank BNI issued loans worth US$36 billion and 56 million euros for mining and plantation company PT Gramarindo Group which she co-founded with Adrian Waworuntu.
Maria Pauline Lumowa was extradited to Indonesia after being a fugitive for 17 years. She ran away to Singapore in 2003, a month before she was named a suspect, and lived in the Netherlands. She has reportedly had Dutch citizenship since 1979.
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