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ALTHOUGH CORRUPTION FUGITIVE Djoko Tjandra is on Interpol’s most-wanted list, Papua New Guinea is not likely to hand him over to Indonesia, a law professor said.

Hikmahanto Juwana, an expert in international law at the University of Indonesia, said the PNG government showed little political will in adhering to Indonesia’s request to bring the fugitive business tycoon back to the country, particularly after granting him citizenship.

“In Papua New Guinea, police [action] relies heavily on its bureaucracy,” the professor told the Jakarta Globe.

He suspected Djoko had invested heavily in PNG and that citizenship was granted to him as a reward.

“If the PNG government needs Djoko’s money and business connections, then the police will have to sideline [the warrant],” he said.

Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin said on Sunday that the government was still lobbying PNG to give up Djoko.

Amir said getting Djoko home would be a lengthy process because the countries do not have an extradition agreement.


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