UCAN needs your support
You are why we do what we do - report, describe, comment, review. It is to bring to your eyes just what life is like for believers across Asia that we publish UCAN.
But as you know, the effort needs to be sustained if it is to have continuing effect.
UCAN publishes some 150 stories a week in four languages across six websites. We are grateful to benefactors in Europe and the US who support us. But those countries and the Church there are under increasing financial strain and their generosity no longer covers our costs.
We need financial help from our readers to sustain our efforts. Our reporters, editors, video producers and photographers all have families and we need to support them. They do excellent jobs, but they can't do their jobs for nothing.
Will you help us to sustain UCAN? Please click here to help.
Thanks in anticipation.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
US hands over wanted bank executive
Banker faces 20 years for stealing government bailout millionsDeputy Attorney General Darmono speaks during a press conference at the AGO office
- Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
- June 13, 2012
Sherny Kojongian Saroha, former director of Harapan Sentosa Bank who sought citizenship in the US, had been a fugitive for 10 years after an Indonesian court sentenced her to 20 years in prison for embezzling Bank Indonesia Liquidity Credit bailout funds after the 1997 Asian financial crisis.
She was convicted in absentia by the Central Jakartaâ€™s District Court and also ordered to pay more than US$214 million in restitution.
She was under US investigation for three years and then handed to Indonesian policeÂ today at Jakartaâ€™s Soekarno Hatta International Airport.
Saroha was later escorted to the Attorney General's Office in Jakarta.
â€śSarohaâ€™s return to Indonesia to face justice is the result of cooperation between US and Indonesian law enforcement authorities, and is one more example of the deepening cooperation between the United States and Indonesia,â€ť US Ambassador Scot Marciel said in a press release.
At a press conference following the handover, Deputy Attorney General Darmono said, â€śWe will proceed with this according to the previous verdict.â€ť
Sarohaâ€™s lawyer Adrian Bojo saidÂ his team will appeal the 2002Â verdict.
â€śOur client doesnâ€™t know about the trial process. While staying in the United States, she did not know about the progress of her case since she did not read the news from Indonesia,â€ť he said.
In August 1998, Saroha was detained and questioned over her role in the collapse of the bank in November 1997Â and the disappearance of more than US$260 millionÂ of theÂ government's money.
SheÂ fledÂ to the US a year laterÂ where sheÂ soughtÂ permanent residence,Â but failed to disclose her prior arrest.
US authorities in San Francisco began investigating SarohaÂ in 2009 after receivingÂ Â a tip-off fromÂ Interpol.