Many were shocked after it was revealed that high-profile corruption convict and fugitive Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra had managed to return to Indonesia undetected and have an e-ID card issued in his name by the Grogol subdistrict office in Jakarta.
Djoko – who was found guilty of embezzling billions of rupiah from the state bailout fund during the 1998 Asian financial crisis – needed the e-ID card to file a request for a review of his case. He was absent from the first hearing of his case review last week.
While the authorities have been unable to determine Djoko’s whereabouts, they scored a victory in another high-profile case. The National Police and the Law and Human Rights Ministry managed to extradite fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa from Serbia on July 9. She had been wanted for 17 years for allegedly stealing billions of rupiah from Bank Negara Indonesia in a 2003 loan fraud case.
In addition to Djoko and Maria’s cases, this weekly gallery captures the public’s attempts to pursue justice through protest. Women rights’ activists hit the streets to push for the enactment of the sexual violence eradication bill, while parents and students filled Jakarta City Hall with flower boards to protest the new school enrollment system, which prioritizes age over performance. (yps)