Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Achmad Ubaedillah visited three penitentiaries in the villages of Maraburong and Jerudong on Tuesday (April 30) to observe the condition of Indonesian inmates.

The embassy recorded 44 Indonesians currently serving prison term in Brunei's penitentiaries for their involvement in criminal offences, such as immigration violations, theft, and crimes relating to contraband cigarettes.

After observing the real condition of the Indonesian prisoners, Ambassador Achmad extended gratitude to the prison wardens for their good treatment and empowerment program given to them, according to the embassy's press statement on Wednesday.

He also thanked the penitentiary authorities for their quick and updated information on Indonesians newly sentenced, applying for an appeal to a higher-level court, or demanding medical treatment.

During the meeting with prisoners, Ambassador Achmad delivered packages of Indonesian food, toiletries, and reading materials to them, the embassy noted in the press statement.

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The visit is part of the embassy's duties to protect Indonesian citizens in Brunei, including those being sentenced in the country's correctional centers.

As part of the precautionary measures, the Indonesian Embassy in Brunei continues to disseminate information on legal procedures in Brunei to Indonesians, particularly migrant workers, to prevent them from violating the law.

Regarding endeavors to protect Indonesian citizens abroad, Foreign Ministry's Director for the Protection of Citizens and Legal Entities, Judha Nugraha, stated earlier that the efforts should encompass comprehensive and holistic cooperation among stakeholders within and outside the country.

Nugraha stated on April 26 that solid collaboration among stakeholders is needed, as protection efforts not only entail the handling of reported cases but are also related to the preventive aspect.

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