No point out of ‘returning graft suspects’ property’ in 2022 assembly between Indonesia and Singapore

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A video of a 2022 assembly between Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian President Joko Widodo was shared with false claims it confirmed Lee agreeing to return billions of {dollars} supposedly parked in his city-state by corrupt Indonesian people. However no such deal was talked about in official paperwork launched by both nation following the bilateral assembly. As of March 22, 2024, there have been no official stories of such an settlement.

“Probably the most stunning present on the finish of the time period,” says the Indonesian-language caption of a TikTok submit uploaded on January 28, 2024.

The submit shared a 32-second clip, which has been seen greater than 142,100 instances. It opens with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong signing a doc as Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly often known as Jokowi, seems on.

“Thanks, Mr Jokowi. Singapore agrees to return 1,000 trillion rupiah of corruption suspects’ property,” a feminine narrator says within the video.

The second half of the clip reveals Nurul Ghufron, the deputy chairman of Indonesia’s anti-graft company, or KPK, speaking about an extradition treaty (archived link).

“The Corruption Eradication Fee actually appreciates the progress of the extradition settlement course of that was signed at present,” he says.

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Screenshot of the false submit, taken on March 21, 2024

Indonesian-language textual content on the video repeats the declare, saying that “Singapore is handing over a trillion rupiah” ($64 billion) of Indonesia’s “state property stolen by corruption suspects”.

“I actually received goosebumps, Mr Jokowi is one of the best and nice,” the textual content additionally says, praising the president for his “braveness to face up in opposition to international international locations to defend his individuals”.

Jokowi, who first took workplace as president in October 2014, has loved persistently excessive approval scores — regardless of accusations that he had used state assets to tilt the vote for presidential candidate Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto, who selected Jokowi’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, as his operating mate within the February 2024 election.

As Jokowi entered the ultimate yr of presidency, his approval ranking reached 80.8 % in January 2024 however was barely all the way down to 76.6 % the following month amid rising rice costs (archived hyperlinks here and here).

The identical video has been watched greater than 917,600 instances after it was shared alongside an identical declare on TikTok here and here, in addition to on Instagram in late February and early 2024.

An extended clip has circulated since at the very least 2022, racking up one million views. The five-minute video reveals not solely Jokowi and Lee, in addition to Ghufron, but additionally different Indonesian prime officers: then chief safety minister Mahfud MD and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati.

Nevertheless, the video has been shared in a false context.

First clip

A key phrase search on Google discovered that the primary a part of the false video was posted by the official YouTube account of Indonesia’s Presidential Secretariat on January 25, 2022 (archived link).

The video is titled: “The Assembly of President Joko Widodo and Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong, at Bintan Regency on 25 January 2022”.

Through the bilateral assembly on the Indonesian resort island of Bintan, the 2 leaders signed quite a few agreements, together with extradition of fugitives, airspace administration and defence cooperation, in keeping with press statements from the Singaporean and Indonesian governments (archived hyperlinks here and here).

There isn’t a point out concerning the return of corruption suspects’ property within the Presidential Secretariat’s video and the governments’ statements.

Under is a screenshot comparability of the video within the false submit (left) and the unique video from Indonesia’s Presidential Secretariat (proper):

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Screenshot comparability of the video within the false submit (left) and authentic video from Indonesia’s Presidential Secretariat (proper)

The clip was additionally utilized in stories on the bilateral assembly, revealed by Indonesian information outlet Kompas Daily and Singapore-based TV station CNA (archived hyperlinks here and here).

Second clip

Key phrase searches on YouTube discovered that the the second clip, which reveals the KPK official Ghufron, was taken from his interview with Indonesian broadcaster Metro TV, which was uploaded at midnight on January 26, 2022 (archived link).

Within the interview, Ghufron applauded the long-awaited extradition treaty, saying it may assist deliver graft fugitives who had taken sanctuary in different international locations to justice.

Under is a screenshot comparability of the video within the false submit (left) and the unique video from Metro TV (proper):

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Screenshot comparability of the video within the false submit (left) and the unique video from Metro TV (proper)

The extradition treaty, which was later approved by the Indonesian parliament in December 2022, goals to assist Jakarta monitor down corruption suspects who’ve been taking refuge or storing cash offshore in Singapore.

The longer video circulating in 2022 consists of two further clips. One clip reveals Mahfud giving a press convention in February 2022 on the ratification of the agreements signed by Jokowi and Lee the earlier month, whereas the opposite reveals Sri Mulyani giving a lecture on state property and monetary coverage at Indonesia’s Gadjah Mada College in October 2018 (archived hyperlinks here and here).

Different clips used within the false posts  don’t point out about Singapore returning any property within the stories on the 2022 bilateral assembly.

AFP can not discover any credible stories that Singapore and Indonesia have ever made such settlement.

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