No list of fugitives given to Singapore by Indonesia, says foreign ministries of both countries

The clarification comes after a ST report on Wednesday (April 27), which quoted Mr Atmadji as saying that Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (pictured) had sent the list of fugitives to the Singapore authorities recently.
The clarification comes after a ST report on Wednesday (April 27), which quoted Mr Atmadji as saying that Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (pictured) had sent the list of fugitives to the Singapore authorities recently. PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA - Indonesia has not given Singapore a list of its fugitives as previously reported, said the foreign ministries of the two countries.

A spokesman from Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) confirmed in a statement on Thursday (April 28) that it did not receive such a list.

An Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman had also said late on Wednesday night that it was not aware of any such information given to Singapore by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi recently.

When contacted on Thursday, Mr Atmadji Sumarkidjo, a senior official from the Coordinating Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs, clarified that he was mistaken, and confirmed that there was no such list.

However, he added that the authorities in Indonesia regularly share information with their Singapore counterparts as part of bilateral cooperation in law enforcement.

His clarification comes after a report in The Straits Times on Wednesday, which quoted Mr Atmadji as saying that Ms Retno had sent the list of fugitives to the Singapore authorities recently.

He was speaking to The Straits Times on Tuesday after Indonesia captured Samadikun Hartono and Hartawan Aluwi, two high-profile businessmen who were convicted of white-collar crimes.

Last week, Samadikun was extradited from China, and Hartawan was removed from Singapore.

The MFA spokesman said Singapore will "continue to work with Indonesia in dealing with criminal matters in accordance with our own laws and international obligations".

Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir on Thursday also explained that efforts to move fugitives in or out of Indonesia can be done through "extradition, mutual legal assistance, or the transfer of convicts".

"Beyond these various methods are other ways such as through the good relationships and coordination between two countries, and an example is between Indonesia and Singapore (where) we brought home the fugitive without an extradition agreement," he added.

Singapore and Indonesia had signed an extradition treaty and defence cooperation agreement as a package in April 2007, but both agreements are currently pending ratification by the Indonesian House of Representatives.

"Singapore is ready to proceed with both agreements once Indonesia is ready to do so," said the MFA spokesman.