This is the Story of Former Kompas Journalist Meets Maria Lumowa


Minister of Justice and Human Rights Yasonna H. Laoly brought a joyous surprise from his visit to Serbia. The delegation that he led succeeded in completing the extradition process for fugitives perpetrators of bank burglary BNI Maria Pauline Lumowa from that country.

Furthermore, Yasonna expressed his excitement, “The success of completing the extradition process is inseparable from the legal diplomacy and good relations between the two countries. In addition, this extradition process is also a sweet fruit of the government’s commitment in the long-running law enforcement efforts,” he said.

Through the Sapa Indonesia Pagi program, Minister Yasonna brought up the process of arresting MAria Pauline Lumowa.

The Indonesian government had twice proposed the extradition process to the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, namely in 2010 and 2014, because Maria Pauline Lumowa turned out to have been a Dutch citizen since 1979.

However, both requests were responded by rejection by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which instead gave an option for Maria Pauline Lumowa to be tried in the Netherlands.

Law enforcement efforts then entered a new phase when Maria Pauline Lumowa was arrested by NCB Interpol Serbia at Nikola Tesla International Airport, Serbia, on July 16, 2019.

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