August 1, 2020, 01.00 AM
A fugitive and graft convict Djoko Tjandra was arrested in Malaysia and brought back to Indonesia following a joint operation between Indonesias police and Royal Malaysia Police on Thursday, July 30. KOMPAS.COM/KRISTIANTO PURNOMOA fugitive and graft convict Djoko Tjandra was arrested in Malaysia and brought back to Indonesia following a joint operation between Indonesias police and Royal Malaysia Police on Thursday, July 30.

“The smart and careful work carried out by the national police team should be followed by other law enforcement officials,” said Adies who is also the secretary of the Golkar faction of the House of Representatives.

Adies also hopes that the Attorney General's Office and immigration department can also move quickly to handle the case.

“Do not hesitate, cover up, or even protect any individual who is involved in the case,” said Adies in a statement.

He also expressed his appreciation to National Police chief General Idham Azis and the police special team for their efforts to bring back the fugitive to Indonesia.

Previously, the South Jakarta District Court acquitted Djoko. Then in October 2008, the Attorney General’s Office submitted a judicial review to the Supreme Court, where he was found guilty.

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The businessman was then sentenced to two years in prison and had to pay a fine of 15 million rupiahs ($1,037). The state recovered 546 billion rupiahs ($37.7 million) from his account in the then Bank Bali.

However, a day before the Supreme Court would hand down its verdict in June 2009, Djoko allegedly fled Indonesia via a chartered plane from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. Djoko later held citizenship in Papua New Guinea in June 2012. However, the status was illegitimate because he still has legal issues against him in Indonesia.

Source: Kompas.com

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