Wed, 31 Mar 1999

Govt yet to impose travel bans

JAKARTA (JP): As of Tuesday afternoon, travel bans on owners and executives of 38 closed banks had yet to be issued.

Director General of Immigration Muhammad Mudakir said, "Up until now, the finance ministry has not filed any request to the justice ministry to impose travel bans (on the owners and executives of the closed banks)."

Minister of Justice Muladi said on Monday that the Ministry of Finance was expected to file a request for the imposing of travel bans on 150 to 200 owners and executives of the closed banks with the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday.

The government announced on March 13 the closure of 38 banks, including three owned by two sons and one daughter of former president Soeharto, in a bid to clean up the country's ailing banking sector.

A ban against leaving the capital has already been imposed on Soeharto's youngest son Hutomo Mandala Putra, who is expected to be tried for his alleged involvement in a Rp 96 billion land scam. (byg)