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Napoleon Bonaparte among two police generals named graft suspects in Djoko Tjandra case

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 16, 2020   /   01:14 pm
Napoleon Bonaparte among two police generals named graft suspects in Djoko Tjandra case Bank Bali fugitive Djoko Tjandra is escorted to the National Police's Criminal Investigation Unit (Bareskrim) headquarters in Jakarta on July 30. (Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)

The National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) has named two police generals, Insp. Gen. Napoleon Bonaparte and Brig. Gen. Prasetyo Utomo, the latest suspects in connection with graft convict Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra.

“PU [Prasetyo Utomo] and NB [Napoleon Bonaparte] have been named suspects for accepting bribes [from Djoko Tjandra],” National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono said on Friday as quoted by tempo.co.

Napoleon was previously removed from his post as the National Police’s international relations division head for his alleged involvement in removing Djoko’s red notice status, allowing the graft convict to freely enter the country despite being on the most-wanted list since 2009.

National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis also removed Brig. Gen. Nugroho Wibowo from his post as the National Central Bureau (NCB)-Interpol Indonesia secretary in relation to the red notice status removal. Nugroho, however, has not yet been named a suspect in the case.

Meanwhile, Prasetyo, who served as head of the Civil Servant Investigator Supervisory and Coordination Bureau, has been accused of issuing a letter that allowed Djoko to travel within the country while he was still on the run.

The police have confiscated a total of US$ 20,000, letters and several pieces of digital evidence from the two generals during the course of the investigation.

Bareskrim also named Djoko and businessman Tommy Sumardi as suspects for bribing the two police generals. They were charged under Article 5 (1) and Article 13 on the Corruption Eradication Law, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

After being at large for 11 years, Djoko — a graft convict of a high-profile Bank Bali corruption case in 1998 – was finally arrested in Malaysia on July 30. He fled the country after being sentenced to two years in prison in 2009 and was ordered to return Rp 546 billion ($54 million) to the state by the Supreme Court.

Previously, Djoko’s lawyer Anita Kolopaking and a prosecutor named Pinangki Sirna Malasari were named suspects for allegedly helping Djoko while he was on the run. (trn)