Two fugitive debt collectors convicted over the 2011 death of politician Irzen Octa surrendered to the South Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office on Monday, but claimed that there had been a clerical error.
“We never received any summons from the prosecutor’s office,” said Arief Lukman, one of the convicts.
Prosecutors had earlier declared Arief and Henry Waslinton as fugitives after they failed to answer three consecutive summonses to appear for detention.
Arief and Henry, along with Donald Haris, were convicted in Irzen’s death and sentenced to one year in jail apiece, but an appeals court later extended their sentences to five years each. The three have since lodged an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Donald had already been detained and is serving his sentence at Cipinang Penitentiary in East Jakarta. His bid to have his conviction overturned was quashed by the South Jakarta District Court.
Arief said that he and Henry did not try to escape their prison term, arguing that the two remained in Jakarta.
“All this time we were waiting for [Donald’s] pretrial motion hearing and preparing ourselves mentally [for jail],” he said.
The three collectors were hired by Citibank in March 2011 to get Irzen to repay Rp 100 million ($11,000) in credit card debt. The politician died at a Citibank office where he was being interrogated by the debt collectors.
Their lawyer, however, said Irzen was alone when he died.