Mastermind behind Orkim Harmony hijacking arrested in Jakarta

The man who lead the hijacking of the Malaysian tanker Orkim Harmony has been arrested. Albert Johanes, an Indonesian national, was tracked down in west Jakarta last week by the Indonesian navy.

It remains unclear if the suspect would be tried in Indonesia or extradited to Malaysia.

Another eight Indonesians who were involved in the hijacking were apprehended in Vietnam in late June.

The Orkim Harmony was reported missing on June 12 after leaving Malacca on Malaysia’s west coast for Kuantan on the east coast. It was carrying fuel worth $5.6m for Petronas, Malaysia’s state-run energy giant. When the ship was eventually found it emerged that one of the 22 crewmembers, the cook, had been shot in the thigh.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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