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Jakarta Post

Clean up the mess

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Jakarta   /   Sat, August 1 2020   /  05:45 am
The fugitive of the corruption case of Bank Bali Djoko Tjandra who was arrested in Malaysia was shown to the media during a press conference at the Police Headquarters Criminal Investigation Office, Jakarta, Thursday (07/30/2020). Djoko Tjandra was arrested after a fugitive for eleven years from 2009 to 2020 after being sentenced to two years in prison by the Supreme Court. (Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)

Finally, long-time fugitive Djoko S. Tjandra could no longer evade arrest. Handcuffed and wearing the orange vest for detainees, the graft convict arrived in Jakarta on Thursday after a flight from Kuala Lumpur, where the local police nabbed him upon request of their Indonesian counterparts. While the capture of Djoko, dubbed Joker by many, marked an end to an 11-year manhunt, it should kick start more daunting work for the country’s law enforcers. Djoko’s arrest has provided a new opportunity for both the National Police and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to revamp the system to deter cops and prosecutors from compromising their integrity. The National Police responded quickly to findings that Djoko was able to enter, travel around and leave the country unchecked, allegedly thanks to the help of higher-ups in the police force. National Police chief Gen. Idha...