Woman, 77, Faints After Being Dragged to Bali’s Kerobokan Prison

By webadmin on 09:32 pm Jul 26, 2012
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Denpasar. Loeana Kanginnadhi, a 77-year-old woman standing trial in a land sale fraud case, fainted on Thursday upon arrival at the overcrowded Kerobokan Prison in Bali, where she was to be detained.

Four officers from the Denpasar prosecutor’s office picked Loeana up from Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar on Thursday morning, based on a letter from the Denpasar District Court saying her treatment at the hospital should end and that she could no longer delay her detention.

The court letter was accompanied by another letter from the Denpasar branch of the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) confirming that Loeana did not need to stay longer at the hospital. She was scheduled to attend another court hearing on Aug. 2.

Leoana’s relatives and lawyers had resisted her removal from the hospital, but the prosecutor’s team forcibly transported her, in her wheelchair, to the Kerobokan Prison, also in Denpasar.

“As soon as she arrived here, she fainted,” Kerobokan Prison chief Gusti Ngurah Wiratna said on Thursday.

He added that a medical team at the penitentiary immediately examined Loeana’s health condition and found that her blood pressure had risen to 150/90.

Wiratna said he would refuse to receive Loeana at the prison, adding that the overcrowded situation at Kerobokan might cause her health condition to deteriorate.

“We can’t even communicate with her. … If we insist on keeping her [in the prison], we’re afraid something unexpected will happen,” he said.

Loeana’s lawyer, Sumardhan, said the prosecutor’s office should be held responsible for the incident.

“We’ve objected [to the detention] since the beginning. Now the prosecutors should take responsibility,” Sumardhan said.

But prosecutor Putu Astawa said he and his colleagues were only following the Denpasar District Court’s order.

“We only did what the court letter instructs us to,” Putu said.

Loeana was seen leaving Kerobokan Prison at 6 p.m. on Thursday, assisted by officers from the prosecutor’s office and her relatives.

It is not clear yet where she was brought, as neither the prosecutor’s office nor prison officials were willing to further comment on the issue.

Loeana is accused of embezzling $850,000 from a land sale in Jimbaran, South Bali, in 2001.

Putra Masagung, who bought a plot of land, took Loreana to criminal court in 2010, saying that he had not yet received 8,640-square meters of the 30,000-square meters he had purchased.

Police arrested Loeana in November 2011, but had to release her after she won a pre-trial case against her detention at the Denpasar state court.

On April 27, Loeana, who was seeking medical treatment in Surabaya, was rearrested by a reported 10 members of the police — eight from Bali and two from Surabaya.