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N. Sumatra prosecutors release wanted list, including businessman Adelin Lis

Jakarta Post - July 23, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The North Sumatra Prosecutor's Office has released 50 names on its wanted list (DPO). Among them are dozens of graft suspects including businessman Adelin Lis, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Supreme Court in August 2008 for corruption and illegal logging in North Sumatra.

Among the 50 people who had committed various crimes, only the names of 28 were previously published in the media, the prosecutor's office intelligent assistant, Leo Simanjuntak said recently. The remaining 22, he said, were not released because they did not have proper documents and pictures of the suspects.

Leo said Adelin, the son of the owner of PT Mujur Timber, a wood processing company in Sibolga, had been included on the prosecutors' wanted list since July 2012.

He was acquitted of illegal logging charges by a lower court in November 2007 before he allegedly fled the country. However, nine months later, a cassation panel at the Supreme Court found him guilty and sentenced him to 10 years and fined him Rp 1 billion ($71,658). He also had to pay Rp 119.8 billion and $2.93 million to reimburse state losses.

Despite facing difficulties, Leo is still positive of the outcome of the prosecutors' work "The total of suspects arrested reached 35; this is all thanks to the people and our hard work together." Leo said, after explaining that throughout 2018, the prosecutors arrested 29 people and six more in June 2019.

Dana Prima Tarigan, the director of North Sumatra's Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), had expressed his disappointment over the prosecutors' work, especially concerning Adelin.

Dana claimed that if the suspect had escaped abroad, then his status must change into international fugitive. "[Indonesia] has to do all it takes to cooperate with other countries in order to arrest the fugitive." he said on Friday.

Adelin is a challenge for the prosecutors, Dana said, adding that it wouldn't be as hard to pursue him because of the many business enterprises still operating under his name in North Sumatra. (dmy)

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/07/23/n-sumatra-prosecutors-release-wanted-list-including-businessman-adelin-lis.html