Gov’t Took Long Process to Release Siti Aisyah, President Jokowi Says

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 11 Maret 2019
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President Jokowi responds to reporters’ questions after receiving CEO of Dorna and President Director of ITDC, at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Monday (11/3). (Photo by: Agung/PR)

President Jokowi responds to reporters’ questions after receiving CEO of Dorna and President Director of ITDC, at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Monday (11/3). (Photo by: Agung/PR)

In order to release Siti Aisyah, an Indonesian woman who was a suspect of assassinating Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Government has through a long set of negotiations in the process, according to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

“That was a long process, we took longer approaches because based on observation, we know that Siti is not included in the organized crime, she was being used,” President Jokowi told reporters after receiving President Director of Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), and CEO of Dorna Sport SL, at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Monday (11/3).

According to the President, the long process included several approaches from the embassy, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Law and Human Rights Ministry, and regarding the Government’s concern about Indonesian citizens abroad.

President Jokowi went on to say that the Government will discuss the next measures tomorrow.

For the record, Siti Aisyah has been freed after Malaysian High Court dropped murder charge against her. Malaysian prosecutor at Selangor High Court, Darul Ehsan, Muhammad Iskandar bin Ahmad, withdrew the charge against Siti Aisyah who already has gone on trial since 1 March 2017.

Siti has returned to Indonesia and spoke in a press conference upon her arrival at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, Jakarta, on Monday (11/3). (EN/AGG/ES)

 

 

Translated by : Rany Anjany Subachrum
Edited by : Yuyu Mulyani

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