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FRANSISCO ROSARIANS | Tempo Interactive / Jakarta

THE BANK BALI CASE SUSPECT, Djoko Tjandra, is believed to have huge assets and large businesses in Papua New Guinea, which may explain that the Mulia Group’s boss did not merely flee Indonesia to seek mere refuge in PNG.

Indonesian Deputy Attorney-General Darmono claims he still does not know for certain the assets and businesses that Djoko has there:, but they are “quite significant, he has his own private plane".

Darmono is reluctant to disclose more. "We can’t just make estimates," he said, "the important thing he can now be brought to Indonesia to face the law."

Earlier the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the PNG government allegedly granted Djoko citizenship because of his big role in that country.

In connection with the petition to bring Djoko to Indonesia, the Attorney General’s Office is awaiting the return of PNG's Ambassador to Indonesia, Peter Ilau, from Port Moresby.

"The Ambassador won’t be back until next week, let’s see what happens," said Darmono.

Djoko Tjandra was to have gone to prison for two years but he fled Indonesia on a chartered plane from Jakarta to Port Moresby on 10 June 2009.


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