No request from Jakarta over football chief: MHA

Mr La Nyalla Mattalitti is suspected of being involved in a grant worth 5.3 billion rupiah (S$546,000) from the East Java administration to the provincial branch of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Mr La Nyalla Mattalitti is suspected of being involved in a grant worth 5.3 billion rupiah (S$546,000) from the East Java administration to the provincial branch of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.THE JAKARTA POST/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Indonesia has not approached Singapore with a request to return the country's football association chief La Nyalla Mattalitti, who fled to Singapore after he was named a suspect in a graft probe last month.

Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), responding to queries from The Straits Times, confirmed that it has not received any request from the Indonesian authorities for assistance with regard to Mr La Nyalla.

But Singapore will continue to assist Indonesia in the matter "within the ambit of our laws and international obligations", added a ministry spokesman.

 

Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named the chairman of the country's football association (PSSI) as a suspect in a graft investigation on March 16. A day later, he apparently surfaced in Malaysia and then in Singapore on March 29.

Mr La Nyalla is suspected of being involved in a grant worth 5.3 billion rupiah (S$546,000) from the East Java administration to the provincial branch of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin).

Mr La Nyalla is suspected of being involved in a grant worth 5.3 billion rupiah (S$546,000) from the East Java administration to the provincial branch of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin).

The grant was for the 2012 purchase of shares in Bank Jatim, which is owned by the province.

Mr La Nyalla, who is also the chairman of Kadin's East Java chapter, was placed on the commission's most wanted list after he ignored three KPK summonses to testify.

Mr Dandeni Herdiana, who heads the special investigation division at the East Java Public Prosecutor's Office, had said the PSSI chief was in Singapore. He added that arresting Mr La Nyalla in a foreign country must be conducted diplomatically by coordinating with Interpol and the Indonesian National Police.

Indonesia's Attorney-General M. Prasetyo yesterday said a letter from the East Java Public Prosecutor's Office requesting assistance on the matter has been sent to Interpol.

Indonesia and Singapore have signed an extradition treaty, but Indonesian lawmakers have yet to ratify it in Parliament.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2016, with the headline 'No request from Jakarta over football chief: MHA'. Print Edition | Subscribe