3 Feb 2015

Convicted criminal in West Papua out of jail

6:04 pm on 3 February 2015

Police in Indonesia's remote West Papua province say an officer sentenced to 15 years in jail last year for money laundering is out of jail and resisting arrest.

The West Papua Police Chief, Brigadier General Paulus Waterpauw, told the Jakarta Globe that Labora Sitorus is claiming he was lawfully released from prison in March 2014 for health reasons and is not required to return.

The police chief says he has not been arrested due to the protection of his relatives, and he does not want to cause a clash.

Sitorus was found guilty of laundering $132 million US dollars and was sentenced to 15 years in prison and a $400,000 US dollar fine, on appeal to the Supreme Court.

Indonesia's Attorney General, Muhammad Prasetyo, told the newspaper an investigation will be launched into Sitorus' legal status.