The minister said he directly led the mission to bring Maria back to Indonesia. This demonstrated the commitment of the Indonesian government in law enforcement, he said.
He had asked permission from President Joko Widodo through the State Secretary to go to Serbia.
"The president gave his permission and told me to hold a joint press conference with coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister [Mahfud MD] to show that we are committed to [do our part] for law enforcement purposes,” Yasonna said.
He said Maria’s extradition process from Serbia had been going on for a long time following her arrest by the Serbian Interpol on July 16, 2019.
Several teams from the law and human rights ministry and the national police were deployed to Serbia to discuss the matter with their relevant counterparts to extradite Maria, he said.
He said it took a long process before the extradition was taken place as Maria’s lawyer and a European country also talked to the Serbian government to prevent her from being extradited.
“Knowing that Maria’s detention period was going to end on July 17, we intensified our lobbying and meetings, and yesterday at its peak we got a green light,” the minister said.
The extradition process involved diplomacy in the legal sector, good relations between the two countries, and the government’s commitment to law enforcement.
But, he said, the process of bringing Maria back to Indonesia also faced a “disturbance” with the fugitive's effort to escape the extradition. However, the Serbian government was firm in its commitment to extradite Maria to Indonesia.