Indonesia to extradite Australian pedophile suspects

source :  The Jakarta Post

Indonesia will extradite two suspected Australian pedophiles and a convicted Swiss pedophile who have been in detention in the country since last year, the National Police said Thursday.

Charles Alfred Barnett and Paul Francis Callahan will be sent home to Australia to face charges of alleged crimes committed in their own country, Indonesian Interpol deputy secretary Brig. Gen. Benny Mamoto told reporters.

“Both of them will be strictly guarded by our officers along the way, because we cannot afford to lose them,” he said.

AFP quoted Benny as saying that Bernett would be flown to Australia on Friday on board a Qantas flight leaving Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, at 8:40 p.m.

The 67-year-old man was arrested by local police early last year in Depok, West Java, in response to a request made by the Australian Embassy in Jakarta over alleged sexual assaults on children aged between 12 and 17 years between 1977 and 1994 in South Australia.

Australian police named him a suspect in 1996. However, he managed to flee the country before the police could arrest him.

Barnett lived in Indonesia for 12 years, where he taught English and ran a garment business.

Callahan, 48, who is accused of molesting a 10-year-old boy, will soon be sent home to Australia as well, while Swiss national Christian Burger, 44, will be sent to France to serve a four-year sentence for pedophilia, Benny said.

Burger was arrested in Bali last year after arriving from Thailand.

Benny said the Indonesian police would also extradite to Australia an Iranian, Hadi Ahmadia, accused of trafficking 900 migrants to Australia between 1999 and 2001, and fraud case suspect Robert McNice.

The other suspect to be sent home is Park Bo-Hyun, a South Korean national sought for fraud.

“But we still need a presidential regulation as a legal basis for extraditing these people to the requesting countries. We hope the regulation regarding these cases will be issued soon enough,” Benny said.

To get such a regulation passed, an extradition needs to be recommended by both the Justice and Human Rights Ministry and the Foreign Ministry.

Commenting on the cases, Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said the ministry usually recommended extradition cases quite easily, unless the case required humanitarian considerations.

“If it turns out the requested suspect has a severe illness, for instance, we should really consider whether it’s wise to extradite them to the requesting country. But we do it solely for humanitarian reasons,” he told The Jakarta Post



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