Bribed Boat Captain Conducted Legal Process in Rote

Willy Haryono    •    Kamis, 18 Jun 2015 17:32 WIB
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Bribed Boat Captain Conducted Legal Process in Rote
Indonesia Foreign Ministry spokeperson Arrmanatha Nasir (Photo: Antara), Jakarta: The captain and five crews of the boat carrying refugees bribed by Australian intelligence official to turn back their course to Indonesia, are conducting legal process in Rote Island.
"They are being processed not for taking the money, but on human trafficking and smuggling," Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Arrmanatha Nasir stated at the Palapa Room of the Ministry, Jakarta, Thursday (6/18/2015).
Arrmanatha said the alleged bribery case occurring several weeks ago is the first case revealed by Indonesian government. Therefore, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi had asked clarification on the matter to Australia.
Currently, Australia has not given official clarification.
"Clarification is not needed to process human trafficking and smuggling in Rote," Tata said, as mentioning the bribery allegation as a separate case.
"Not that the clarification is unimportant, but we will not wait," he continued.
Australia's stance to refuse any statements on the bribery drew criticism. Vice President Jusuf Kalla mentioned that the bribe given to the boat's captain and crews by the Australian government to bring refugees out of Australian territory was not ethical. Australia had breached the 1951 International Convention and 1967 Protocol on refugee status.
JK mentioned Indonesia cannot act against Australian government's actions. Indonesia has no authority in conducting so.
But not only Indonesia, JK mentioned. The world also disagrees with the actions taken by Australia.
Australian government again pushed back a boat carrying 65 refugees. Australian official initiating the action allegedly paid the captain and crews of the vessel with USD5,000 respectively. (EPS)