Quai d’Orsay - Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian - Situation of Mathias Echène (12 Sept. 2019)


I have learned that our compatriot Mathias Echène, who had been detained in Indonesia since 2017, has today been issued with an order to immediately extradite him to Hong Kong.
I disagree with this decision, which was made by the Indonesian authorities without informing us, and while our concern regarding the deterioration in Mathias Echène’s health was well-known. I had intervened on several occasions to request that our compatriot be hospitalized in order to receive the appropriate care.
Mathias Echène was being closely monitored by our consular services in Jakarta. He will continue to receive the full support and assistance of our consulate in Hong Kong and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of April 24, 1963.