Police, Prosecutors Finally Re-Detain Labora Sitorus


FEBRUARY 20, 2015

Jakarta- The Papua Police together with a team of prosecutors forcibly detained rogue cop and money-laundering convict Labora Sitorus early on Friday, news portal Kompas.com reported.

The notorious officer from the West Papua Police was sentenced to 15 years in prison for graft and money laundering, but managed to get permission to leave jail for medical reasons — and then just refused to return.

It was reported recently that Labora was residing in his house in Sorong, in a residential complex owned by Rotua, the timber company at the center of his illegal-logging case. Employees were guarding the complex, previously preventing local police from picking up the fugitive.

Labora, a low-ranking officer in a police station in the remote Raja Ampat islands of West Papua, grabbed national media headlines in 2013 after he was found to have laundered Rp 1.5 trillion ($118 million) through his personal bank accounts, apparently from his illegal logging and fuel hoarding businesses.

Kompas reported that Labora would again be held in Sorong, not in Jakarta.