PNG slammed over citizenship offer to ‘fugitive’
From Radio Australia
Members of Parliament in Papua New Guinea have criticised the government for granting citizenship to an Indonesian fugitive.
Djoko Tjandra fled to PNG before Indonesia’s Supreme Court sentenced him to two years jail for fraud over the misuse of Bank Indonesia funds.
Despite being on the run, he was granted PNG citizenship earlier this year.
Governor Gary Juffa asked the Immigration Minister, Rimbink Pato, in parliament to review the decision.
“Why are we accommodating this person? It’s an embarrassment. He should be immediately deported,” Mr Juffa said.
Ano Pala, the former immigration minister who granted Mr Tjandra citizenship, tried to have the question ruled out of order but the Speaker allowed it.
Mr Pato says the proper processes have been followed.
Mr Tjandra is alleged to have been involved in a banking scandal in Indonesia where billions of dollars were allegedly laundered or transferred to his businesses and companies.
He reportedly left Indonesia on a chartered flight from Halim Perdanakusumah Airport in Jakarta to Port Moresby on June 10 2010, just one day before the Supreme Court issued a verdict in his case.