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Fugitives exploit lax immigration system

  • Galih Gumelar

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 8 2020   /  01:00 am
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)

Immigration authorities have once again found themselves under scrutiny after failing to detect the arrival of high-profile graft convict and fugitive Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra, who is believed to have returned to Indonesia after spending about 10 years overseas. Antigraft activists warned that other convicts could make use of holes in the immigration system to escape or reenter the country and avoid prosecution. Djoko was involved in the Bank Bali scandal, which saw hundreds of billions of rupiah embezzled from state bailout funds for the 1998 Asian financial crisis. He was acquitted in 2000 but later convicted in 2009 after the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) filed a request for review. Djoko fled the country to Papua New Guinea on June 10, 2009, a day before the Supreme Court issued its ruling. Indonesian authorities learned that Djoko had reentered the country only after...