The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has imposed a travel ban on Labora Sitorus, a money laundering, fuel stockpiling and illegal logging convict, who remains in hiding.
“He has been prevented from traveling abroad since a week ago after the Papua Prosecutor’s Office [Kejati] submitted a travel-ban request letter,” AGO spokesperson Tony Tribagus Spontana said as quoted by Antara news agency in Jakarta on Tuesday.
He said the prosecutor’s office had continued to trace the whereabouts of the former National Police officer whose lavish assets were once in the public spotlight.
In a ruling dated Feb. 17, 2014, the Supreme Court (MA) sentenced Labora to 15 years in prison and fined him Rp 5 billion (US$ 394,744 ).
The Raja Ampat Police precinct officer, who allegedly possessed Rp 1.5 trillion in his bank accounts, later asked permission to leave the Sorong Penitentiary to seek medical treatment at the Sorong Navy Hospital, but never returned to his detention room. It was suspected that he went into hiding at the house of one of his relatives.
Papua Kejati head Herman da Silva said his agency had established a team to pursue Labora.
He said the Papua Kejati would coordinate with several parties to arrest Labora, suspected to be hiding somewhere in West Papua.
“We will coordinate with security parties, including the West Papua Police, the XVII/Cendrawasih Military District Command and the Jayapura-based Indonesian Navy, for the search operation,” said Herman. (ebf)(++++)
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