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.