JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – A joint operation between Indonesia’s police and the Royal Malaysia Police have brought Djoko Tjandra, 70, a fugitive and graft convict in Bank Bali case, to Indonesia on Thursday, July 30.
Djoko arrived at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport at 22:48pm. He was arrested by the police in the operation led by the chief detective of police’s Criminal Investigation Department Commissioner, General Listyo Sigit Prabowo, in Malaysia on the same day.
Djoko and the authorities who escorted him boarded a private jet Embraer Legacy 600 aircraft with a registration number PK-RJP painted in white and red colors. The fugitive who fled the country in 2009 was escorted under tight guard. Two police officers held both his arms. He was wearing an orange detainee vest with a number 22 on his chest. He had a surgical mask on and his hands were handcuffed.
The man who bears the nickname “Joker” was immediately taken to the VIP room of Halim Perdanakusuma Airport shortly before being taken to the police headquarters under tight guard.
Before the arrest, Listyo said his team was informed that Djoko Tjandra was in Malaysia. Based on the tip-off, Indonesian Police Chief General Idham Azis then sent a letter to the Royal Malaysia Police requesting assistance in the arrest.
“The police chief sent the letter to the Royal Malaysia Police to carry out a joint operation in search of the fugitive based on the information given,” Listyo said.
Then, he added, a special team flew to Malaysia to pick him up on Thursday afternoon.
“Alhamdulillah [thanks be to Allah], under the cooperation between the Criminal Investigation Department of the National Police and Malaysia Royal Police Djoko Tjandra was arrested,” he added.
He said the arrest of Djoko could now clear the public doubts about the police's commitment to upholding law enforcement. “We show our commitment that Djoko Tjandra has been arrested. We will proceed with the case,” he said.
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