Embassy seeks explanation on arrest of two Malaysians
Posted on June 15, 2012, Friday
JAKARTA: The Malaysian embassy here is seeking an explanation from Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to explain the arrest of two Malaysian men here on Wednesday after they were suspected of helping wanted corruption case suspect Neneng Sri Wahyuni escape arrest since last year.
Malaysia’s ambassador to Indonesia, Datuk Syed Munshe Afdzaruddin Syed Hassan said he had sent a letter to KPK chief Abraham Samad to explain the matter.
“We want to know why KPK did not refer the matter to the embassy to ascertain whether the two men are Malaysians and whether they have links with the Malaysian government, before making a statement to the media last night (Wednesday),” he said yesterday when asked to comment on the arrest of the two men.
Syed Munshe Afdzaruddin said the embassy also wanted to know what the two men were really accused of which caused their arrest by KPK.
At the moment, the Malaysian embassy here has still not been able to confirm whether the two men are Malaysian citizens or have links with the government in Malaysia as alleged by KPK, and their purpose of coming here.
“If they are really Malaysians and there are charges against them, the embassy is prepared to give them protection such as helping them hire a lawyer,” said Syed Munshe Afdzaruddin.
He hoped the embassy would be given counsellor acccess to the two men to facilitate the protection procedure.
Yesterday, one of the two men was arrested at a hotel and the other while on his way to the prison where Neneng’s husband is incarcerated.
Neneng was arrested at her house in Pejaten, South Jakarta upon arriving in a taxi from the Soekarno Hatta International Airport, here.
KPK deputy chief, Bambang Widjojanto at a news conference last night said before the arrests were made, KPK had received information that Neneng would be departing from Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday night and would spend the night in Batam, Indonesia before flying to Jakarta. — Bernama