Scan­dal- hit In­done­sian chief de­ported from Sin­ga­pore

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

JAKARTA ( In­done­sia)— In­done­sia’s foot­ball chief was due to face ques­tion­ing over a cor­rup­tion scan­dal Wed­nes­day af­ter he was de­ported from Sin­ga­pore, end­ing more than two months on the run.

La Nyalla Mat­talitti, who was also at the cen­tre of a row last year that led to FIFA ban­ning In­done­sia from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball, ar­rived back in his home coun­try on Tues­day.

Au­thor­i­ties ac­cuse Mat­talitti of mis­us­ing a grant of 5.3 bil­lion ru­piah ($ 390,000) re­ceived from a cham­ber of com­merce in East Java prov­ince to buy shares in a lo­cal bank.

He left In­done­sia in March af­ter pros­e­cu­tors said he was a sus­pect in the case, head­ing first to Malaysia and later Sin­ga­pore.

Af­ter weeks of le­gal wran­gling, the city- state sent Mat­talitti back to In­done­sia on Tues­day af­ter find­ing he had bro­ken im­mi­gra­tion laws.

“Mr. La Nyalla Mat­talitti, an In­done­sian na­tional, had over­stayed his so­cial visit pass and com­mit­ted an im­mi­gra­tion of­fence in Sin­ga­pore,” said Sin­ga­pore’s Min­istry of Home Af­fairs in a state­ment.

In­done­sia and Sin­ga­pore do not have an ex­tra­di­tion treaty, mean­ing the city- state has to re­sort to other meth­ods— such as us­ing im­mi­gra­tion laws— when try­ing to meet Jakarta’s re­quests to re­turn crim­i­nal sus­pects.

Mat­talitti ar­rived in Jakarta late Tues­day and will be sent to East Java for ques­tion­ing, In­done­sia’s jus­tice min­istry said.

Un­der Mat­talitti’s lead­er­ship, the foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion, known as the PSSI, be­came locked in a row with the govern­ment last year over which clubs should par­tic­i­pate in the coun­try’s top league. The govern­ment froze the ac­tiv­i­ties of the PSSI, which has long been dogged by al­le­ga­tions of mismanagement and cor­rup­tion, and foot­ball in the coun­try ground to a halt.

The dis­pute led to world gov­ern­ing body FIFA, which sternly dis­ap­proves of govern­ment in­ter­fer­ence in foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tions, sus­pend­ing In­done­sia.— AFP

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