Graft fugitive Djoko Tjandra, second left, arrives at the Halim Perdanakusumah Airport in East Jakarta after a flight from Kuala Lumpur escorted by police officers on July 30, 2020. (Beritasatu Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

Graft Fugitive Djoko Tjandra Arrested in Malaysia

BY :FAROUK ARNAZ

JULY 30, 2020

Jakarta. Graft convict Djoko Tjandra has been arrested in Malaysia after fleeing justice for 11 years, the National Police confirmed on Thursday.

The arrest was the latest development in the continuing saga of scandalous behavior in the inner circle of the National Police and other state agencies concerning Djoko.

The fugitive has actually returned to the country to register a legal challenge against his conviction and obtain Indonesian ID card and passport between May and June. Not only have law enforcement and immigration officials failed to arrest him, they in fact facilitated his return and produced all the documents he needed.

Sources in the National Police said Djoko is flown from Malaysia to Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusumah Airport tonight.

When asked about the information, National Police Spokesman Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono replied: “Yes”. 

Earlier in the day, a lawyer for Djoko has been named a suspect for “document forgery” in relations to Djoko’s return to Indonesia.

Anita Kolopaking allegedly has asked a high-ranking police officer to provide his client with a recommendation letter and a certificate stating that Djoko was free from coronavirus. Both documents should be presented by domestic flight passengers under a transportation ministerial regulation in force until June.

Brig. Gen. Prasetijo Utomo, a senior official at the Criminal Investigation Agency, has produced the documents and even accompanied Djoko during a flight from Jakarta to Pontianak, according to the police investigation. 

The National Police have said the documents were issued without permission from Prasetijo’s superiors and accordingly were deemed fake.

He has been detained and stripped off his duties since July 16, and was recently named a criminal suspect.

In another development, the South Jakarta District Court on Wednesday formally refused to extend Djoko’s request for a case review to the Supreme Court hearing.

The court argued that the request could not be proceeded because the convict had never attended any hearing, instead he had sent his attorneys to the district court.

Djoko was found guilty by the Supreme Court in 2009 for corruption related to debt settlement between Bank Bali and the now-defunct Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA). His lawyer said earlier Djoko's company Era Giat Prima had its fund at the bank confiscated by the IBRA before he received hundreds of billions of rupiah in refund, stating that it constituted more as a civil case than a criminal one.

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