Extradition Treaty

May 1st, 2007, in News, by

Indonesia has signed a defence and extradition treaty with Singapore.

On 28th April president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing of the treaty by the countries’ respective foreign ministers with on the sunny island paradise of Bali.


All smiles.

The treaty allows for the extradition of Indonesian nationals who have fled to Singapore in the cases of 31 defined crimes, mostly in the financial and corruption area, and it acts retroactively for 15 years. It also covers defence co-operation and military training matters.

Lee Hsien Loong denied that his island state was a haven for funny money and criminals:

Our rules protect legitimate depositors, we do not protect criminals.

Indonesia had long accused Singapore of delaying the treaty on fears Indonesian hide-outs would withdraw their money and upset Singapore’s financial system, particularly its housing property sector.

It is said that Indonesian police have already drawn up a list of 20 suspects living in Singapore who they now hope to extradite, these men being mostly bankers and businessmen who stole state funds intended to prop up failing banks and other businesses in the late 1990’s. yahoo

Bandoro Bantarto
Bandoro Bantarto.

Many commentators and politicians in Indonesia have however complained that the treaty benefits Singapore much more, especially in the defence area. CSIS analyst Bandoro Bantarto was one who said Singapore gained the use of much needed defence training facilities and grounds from Indonesia, things they didn’t have enough space for on their little island, while Indonesia received little benefit in this respect. mediaindo


8 Comments on “Extradition Treaty”

  1. Dymal says:

    Many commentators and politicians in Indonesia have however complained that the treaty benefits Singapore much more, especially in the defence area.

    And most important thing for Indonesia is SBY will have something to sell for the next election.

  2. Mohammed Khafi says:

    It is said that Indonesian police have already drawn up a list of 20 suspects living in Singapore who they now hope to extradite, these men being mostly bankers and businessmen who stole state funds intended to prop up failing banks and other businesses in the late 1990’s

    I wonder how much our judiciary will be able to make from handling these cases? I rather doubt that any of them will end up where they belong, in jail, and have my suspicions that our judges and lawyers will have much larger bank balances after the cases than before!

    Many commentators and politicians in Indonesia have however complained that the treaty benefits Singapore much more, especially in the defence area.

    Knowing how well the Singaporean Defence Forces are trained, and the high tech equipment which they have at their disposal, I would much rather have them on our side than against us, they may only be a small island, but I would imagine that they could inflict a lot of damage if required. Much as the Israelies did against Egypt during the 6 day war.

    Peace

    Peace

  3. TheWrathOfGrapes says:

    CSIS analyst Bandoro Bantarto was one who said Singapore gained the use of much needed defence training facilities and grounds from Indonesia, things they didn’t have enough space for on their little island, while Indonesia received little benefit in this respect.

    Look at it this way. Does Indonesia lose anything? The land still belongs to Indonesia. On the other hand, Singapore will put in the infrastructure and buildings, and after 25 years, those infrastructure will be handed over to Indonesia.

    Indonesia will also be given reciprocal rights to train in Singapore – though a little red dot. Trying with each other will also enable both armies to inter-operate.

  4. Andrew says:

    …especially in the defence area. CSIS analyst Bandoro Bantarto was one who said Singapore gained the use of much needed defence training facilities and grounds from Indonesia…

    Bandoro made it sound like we were superior to Singapore and that nothing could be gained from the cooperation. He should open his eyes and see that our (military) advantage over Singapore is just the quantity of our personnel. What made him think that Indonesia was more powerful than Singapore that we couldn’t learn anything from them?

    We do have to be careful when dealing with foreign countries, that goes without saying, but why do we always have to feel like we’re being taken advantage of by others countries? why can’t we think the other way around?

    Is this a form of inferiority complex?

  5. Fixmanius says:

    Well, I defitely agree with what Media Indonesia said in Editorial, Bengak Kau Indonesia! Bengak alias Bodoh Tolol Goblok”.

    Read the article here.

    We’ve been fooled by our own neigbours, Malaysia, Singapore, anyone else?

  6. Cepiar says:

    I think SBY is so weak to manages the Extradition Treaty.

  7. Raden says:

    It doesn’t matter we will have the ‘extradition treaty’ or not, there are and will be new corruption cases from time to time. This lengthy treaty drama with Singapore is a good strategy to swing public’s attentions

  8. Raden says:

    One more point, back in the cold war era, when the communist countries like china & rusia didn’t hv political relationship with UK and USA, they always able to settle the country’s affairs with those political & economic traitors. Many told & untold stories on how the KGB and Chinese secret agent brought back those ‘wanted list’ in the USA and UK back home without crying like baby as what Indonesia doing drama with the little red dot of Singapore in extradition treaty topic.

    We knew the 20 chinese conglomerate list, then sent 40 or 60 or 80 or 100 of Kopassus as ‘preman’ or as ‘non uniform officers’, it is just a tiny island anyway which you can do marathon from east to west for only 2-3 hours by feet. I am sure either they know it is basicaly mission impossible as corruption is the foundation of the problems here (then all of the officers will set ‘damai ditempat’ mirip tilang) or those 20 name list may have multiple PRs & passport in different countries and physically not in Singapore although the home address is in sgp.
    So, why keep on the lengthy extradition drama ?

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