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Fugitive Djoko Tjandra skips another court hearing, claims to be in Malaysia

  • Apriza Pinandita and Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 7, 2020   /  08:36 am
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In this file photo, graft convict Djoko Tjandra stands trial for his involvement in the Bank Bali graft case. He was convicted of misusing Bank Indonesia Liquidity Support (BLBI) funds in the case.(JP/Arief Suhardiman)

The South Jakarta District Court on Monday again postponed a hearing of the case review sought by Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra, a high-profile corruption convict and fugitive from the law who has reportedly returned to the country after being at large for over a decade. His whereabouts remain unclear, although reports suggest that he entered Indonesia in order to file the review of his case, raising questions as to why the authorities have failed to find him. Monday’s hearing was scheduled to be the first hearing in the case review, in which he is seeking to overturn a guilty verdict for embezzling billions of rupiah from the state bailout fund during the 1998 Asian financial crisis. He was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and ordered to pay Rp 546 billion (US$54 million) in restitution by the Supreme Court in 2009, but escaped to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG),...