JAKARTA: Indonesia said yesterday it has no plans to hand over to Singapore a reputed terrorist leader wanted in the city-state, adding that it has had no request for his extradition.
Police on Sunday arrested Mas Selamat Kastari on the Indonesian island of Bintan. Singapore wants him over an alleged plot to hijack a plane and crash it into Changi airport.
“First, there has not been any request for extradition. Second, we don't have any plans to extradite him because he's facing a legal process here,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa said.
Singapore says Selamat, a Singaporean national, is the head in the city-state of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) regional terror network.
Indonesia does not have an extradition treaty with Singapore but Singapore police are in Bintan to take part in the questioning of Selamat.
Justice Minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra said on Thursday that Indonesia could hand over Selamat but Singapore must return the favour in future.
“If a country has no extradition treaty, then deportation (is an option) but there should be a principle of reciprocity,” he said.
National police spokesman Didi Rohayadi also said on Thursday that Selamat could be handed over to Singapore if police could not charge him for crimes in Indonesia.
Selamat has been questioned over possible immigration law violations. Police have said he had a fake Indonesian passport.
Police said Selamat had visited several regions in Indonesia in the past, including Bali where bomb attacks in October killed over 190 people. – AFP
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