Citibank Debt Collectors Declared Fugitives After Skipping Jail Appearance

By webadmin on 04:00 pm Jul 26, 2012
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Rangga Prakoso

Two of the three men convicted in the 2011 death of politician Irzen Octa have been declared fugitives after they failed to answer a summons to appear for detention, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

“They are on the wanted list. I forget exactly when, but it was this week,” said Masyhudi, the head of the South Jakarta prosecutor’s office.

The two convicts are Arief Lukman and Henry Waslinto, private debt collectors who questioned Irzen over unpaid credit card bills at a Citibank Indonesia office in South Jakarta. Irzen died in the room.

Another debt collector, Donald Haris, is serving a five-year jail sentence at the Cipinang prison in East Jakarta. An appeals court added four years to the one-year sentence ordered by a lower court for “unpleasant conduct” in connection with the death of Irzen, who was aged 50.

Masyhudi said that Arief and Henry failed to heed three separate summonses sent to them. “Last Thursday was the last summons. Because they did not appear, we will look for them,” he said.

The three have filed an appeal to the Supreme Court. They face a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison under the criminal code.

Irzen was picked up by the private debt collectors for holding Rp 100 million ($11,000) in outstanding credit card debt.

The three men confiscated Irzen’s identity cards during the March 2011 meeting, forcing the former politician to remain in the building. He died of a ruptured blood vessel during the interrogation.

Irzen’s family — and an independent autopsy performed by the country’s leading coroner — said he was assaulted before his death.

A court previously rejected those claims, relying on the results of a prior autopsy that determined the ruptured blood vessel was caused by chronic hypertension, not physical assault.

Irzen had been secretary general of the small National Unifying Party (PPB).