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INDONESIAN JUSTICE MINISTER Amir Syamsuddin has requested the Papua New Guinea government to immediately return fugitive Djoko Tjandra to Indonesia.

So far there has been no response. "The decision to approve the request or the extradition is entirely the right of the petitioned country," Amir said.

But the Indonesian government is pessimistic the request for Joko’s extradition will be approved anytime soon.

Deputy Attorney-General Darmono says he is certain that Djoko has successfully developed a property business and plantation in PNG. He said he is concerned this may cause PNG to be half-hearted in its assistance to Indonesia.

Mr Darmono said Djoko has invested $2 million in a business under the umbrella of Naima Agro Industries Limited, located at Bereina, about 160 kilometers from Port Moresby.

Joko became a fugitive in the plus $1 billion Bank Bali case. He was detained from September 1999 to August 2000, but the South Jakarta District Court ruled he was free from prosecution because the case was not criminal but civil.

In October 2008, the Supreme Court approved a judicial review. But, before he was thrown into prison, Djoko fled Indonesia to Port Moresby in June 2009.

If still in Indonesia, Joko would have been imprisoned for two years and would have had to pay a fine of about $1.5 million.


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Velix Kambuaya

Is PNG a safe haven for Indonesian corruptors now?

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