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Indonesian prosecutors to look for fugitive in PNG
Publication Date : 05-07-2012
Indonesian Deputy Attorney General Darmono said on Tuesday that a team would be sent to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to clarify reports that tycoon and fraud fugitive Joko Soegiarto Tjandra had been granted citizenship in the neighbouring country.
"We are aware of the reports, and we need them [Papua New Guinea] to confirm if the information is true," Darmono said.
Australian media previously reported that Tjandra was among several foreigners given certificates of citizenship last week by the Immigration and Citizenship Advisory Committee of Papua New Guinea.
Other reports, however, said that Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill had ordered Joko's citizenship revoked.
Darmono said that the AGO had never received official information from Papua New Guinea on the issue. "We have sent official letters concerning Tjandra's alleged whereabouts in the country, but never received any response," Darmono said.
Tjandra reportedly flew to Port Moresby on chartered flight from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta on June 10, the day before the Supreme Court issued a decision on the AGO's case review, convicting and sentencing Tjandra to two years' imprisonment and ordering the businessman to pay 546 billion rupiah (US$58.42 million) in restitution to the state.
The businessman is known to have controlling shares in a number of plantation companies in Papua New Guinea.