Jakarta wants fugitive football chief extradited

JAKARTA • Indonesia is seeking the return of the country's football association chief who fled to Singapore after he was named a suspect in a graft case last month.

La Nyalla Mattalitti, chairman of the Football Association of Indonesia, or the PSSI, is alleged to have been involved in a graft case involving a grant from the East Java provincial administration to East Java's Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) worth 5.3 billion rupiah (S$545,650). The grant was for the purchase of shares in the province-owned Bank Jatim in 2012, media reports said.

An Indonesian Foreign Ministry official told reporters yesterday that the ministry was awaiting an extradition request by the Attorney-General's Office. "We will process it immediately once there's a request," the official said.

La Nyalla is believed to have flown from Jakarta to Malaysia before entering Singapore last month.

Indonesia and Singapore have signed an extradition treaty, but Indonesia's Parliament is yet to ratify it.

Arlina Arshad

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 05, 2016, with the headline 'Jakarta wants fugitive football chief extradited'. Print Edition | Subscribe