Jakarta, Gatra.com - The Indonesian government extradited 2 foreign nationals namely Alex Go from the Philippines and Lim Thow Khai from Malaysia to the Government of the Republic of South Korea (South Korea).
The handover of the two foreign wagras was carried out at the Bali High Court (Kejati), Thursday (7/11). They were extradited to South Korea because when they were in the country they were involved in narcotics smuggling cases.
"When they were in Korea, they had smuggled and shipped 2,050.46 grams of narcotics, namely class I narcotics, the type of methamphetamine," said Deputy Head of the Bali High Prosecutor's Office, Didik Farkhan Alisyahdi, quoted from Antara.
Meanwhile, Director of the Center for International Law Authority (OPHI) Directorate General of General Legal Administration of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Ditjen AHU Kemenkumham), Tudiono, said the extradition of the two people was at the request of the South Korean government.
"The government of the Republic of Korea submitted the request for extradition, which was submitted based on the Extradition Treaty between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Korea," said Tudiono.
According to him, the two foreigners were suspected of having committed a crime of bringing in narcotics class I, type I methamphetamine (methamphetamine) weighing 2050.46 grams into the territory of the Republic of Korea. The crime violates Article 58 of the Law of the Republic of Korea concerning the Control of Narcotics and Article 11 of the Law of the Republic of Korea concerning the Additional Law on Specific Crimes (Psychotropics).
The extradition was carried out after the two foreign nationals were successfully arrested by the Indonesian police after receiving an Interpol Red Notice at the request of the Republic of Korea Police.
Regarding the extradition process itself, the Director of the Central Authority and International Law, continued through Presidential Decrees (Kepres), namely Presidential Decree No. 21 of 2019 dated 26 July 2019 and Presidential Decree No. 19 of 2019 dated 26 July 2019 which granted the extradition request for the two foreigners, AG and LTK.
"The Minister of Law and Human Rights (Menkumham) implements the Presidential Decree in accordance with the provisions of the legislation," he said.
This approval was followed up through a coordination meeting between ministries and agencies on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, the results of which were agreed by the Indonesian government to submit the AG and LTK on November 7, 2019 at the Bali High Court at around 15.00 WITA. "The time and place have been approved by the Government of the Republic of Korea," he said.
The extradition was attended and witnessed by representatives of ministries and institutions related to the handling of extradition of AG and LTK in Indonesia, including the Deputy of the Bali High Court, Didik Farkhan Alisyahdi, along with representatives of the Government of the Republic of Korea. The Director of the Central Authority and International Law, the Directorate General of AHU, is the representative of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia in carrying out the extradition.
The implementation of the extradition went smoothly and successfully thanks to the excellent support, cooperation and synergy from various relevant ministries and institutions.
Didik explained that during the extradition process the two defendants had been detained for 849 days from 11 July 2017 to 7 November 2019.
"For the criminal acts suspected by Alex Go and Lim Thow Khai, there are types of criminal acts that can be extradited as stated in the attachment of Law No. 1 of 1979 on Extradition," said Didik.
He explained that through the presidential decree for a Filipino citizen, namely Alex Go, in accordance with Presidential Decree No. 21 of 2019, while for Malaysians, Lim Thow Kai in the Presidential Decree No. 19 of 2019, and both are the same time, namely on July 26, 2019.
"Their arrival to Bali, perhaps with a holiday visa, yes, and so far they have been detained in the Kerobokan Prison," he said.
"They are already being processed there, both of them, together are a narcotics trafficker network in Korea," he continued.
It hopes that the arrival of foreigners is indeed for a vacation. "We can't prevent them from vacationing because Bali is a tourist place, Bali has become a world destination, so if in the future at least there is a red notice, we must immediately make the arrest and process it if there is an extradition request," explained Didik.
In addition, the representative of the Consulate of the South Korean Embassy, Jeong Jicheon through his translator, said that in South Korea the punishment for carrying 2,050.46 grams is a minimum of 7 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison.
"2,050.46 grams costs around Rp. 60 billion, and several months ago foreigners were also involved in narcotics and the punishment was also large," said Jeong Jicheon through his translator.