Maria Pauline Lumowa, center, is escorted by security and immigration officials as she arrives at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on July 9, 2020. (Emral Firdiansyah)

Maria to Face Justice after 17 Years on the Run

BY :EMRAL FIRDIANSYAH

JULY 09, 2020

Jakarta. Maria Pauline Lumowa, the key suspect in a major bank fraud case that costs state bank BNI more than $200 million in bad loans, arrived at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport on Thursday morning after being extradited by the Serbian government.

Maria, 62, has fled justice since she became suspect in the scandal in 2003. She has lived in several countries and is currently holding a Dutch citizenship.

She was arrested by the Interpol at the Nikola Tesla International Airport, Serbia, in July last year based on a red notice issued by Indonesia.

On Saturday, Indonesian Justice Minister Yasonna Laoly visited Serbia and met with the country’s top officials, including President Alexsandar Vucic, to discuss the extradition process.

Both countries have no extradition treaty but Serbia granted Indonesian request on a reciprocal move, after the 2015 extradition of criminal fugitive Nikolo Iliev to Serbia.

Graft fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa, left, sits in a passenger plane as Justice MInister Yasonna Laoly stands next to her during a flight from Serbia to Indonesia on July 8, 2020. Maria was extradited 17 years after she was named a suspect. (Photo courtesy of the Justice Ministry)
Graft fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa, left, sits in a passenger plane as Justice MInister Yasonna Laoly stands next to her during a flight from Serbia to Indonesia on July 8, 2020. Maria was extradited 17 years after she was named a suspect. (Photo courtesy of the Justice Ministry)
Graft fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa, dressing in orange criminal supect suit, walks on the apron of the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on July 9, 2020, after an overnight flight from Serbia. (B1 Photo/Emral Firdiansyah)
Graft fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa, dressing in orange criminal suspect suit, walks on the apron of the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on July 9, 2020, after an overnight flight from Serbia. (B1 Photo/Emral Firdiansyah)
Graft fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa enters the international terminal of the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on July 9, 2020. (B1 Photo/Emral Firdiansyah)
Maria Pauline Lumowa enters the international terminal of the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on July 9, 2020. (B1 Photo/Emral Firdiansyah)
Bank fraud fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa, second left, is uncuffed upon her arrival at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on July 9, 2020. (B1 Photo/Emral Firdiansyah)
Medical workers take a blood sample from graft suspect Maria Pauline Lumowa for a rapid coronavirus testing upon her arrival at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport. (B1 Photo/Emral Firdiansyah)
Penangkapan Maria Pauline Lumowa
Maria Pauline Lumowa, left, is presented at a news conference led by chief security minister Mahfud M.D., third right, in Jakarta on July 9, 2020. (Emral Firdiansyah)

 

 

 

 

 

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