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PNG slammed over citizenship offer to ‘fugitive’

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

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.

  1. Jerry Bagita
    October 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    it seems we are a country of compromise so that we accommodate, entertain and in many cases create legal avenues for political expediency. We have created our own standards to justify every action that is contrary to global best practice, every falsehood that is erected upon lies after lies…what more can the Government conjure from its bag of supposedly fix it tricks that have yet to see the light of day. If we create havens for international fugitives, then the PM should grant every criminal in Bomana a pardon as well

  2. michael Gao
    October 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I suppose the fugutive should be sent back to Indonesia. What a mess our leaders has created. It painted a bad image for png in the international communitiesfor granting citizenship. I guess our leaders grant him citizenship because he had big bucks to spend in png.

  3. JUDY
    October 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Why cant the politicians be honest and just get rid of the criminal and set him packing.He makes PNG a laughing stock to the rest of the world.Any criminal from any where in the world to come here and so longs as they have bags of money our stupid politicians will give them citizenship just like that.How long do we have to put up with politicians who cannot be honest with themselves…saying things like ” the proper process have been follow”….giaman bilong yupla i no liklik !!

  4. John Steve
    October 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Joko has not convicted of anything. And, the case in Indonesia is a civil case, not a criminal case. People jump up and down too often and not read facts.

  5. Jackson
    November 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I think Djoko has done nothing wrong to PNG, I am wondering why Garry Juffa has been very loud badmouthing Djoko, as if he’s a criminal, in fact he’s only a businessman who was victimized by the political party in Indonesia who has vested interest of their own power & wealth. Unfortunately, Djoko was become the target of the victim because of his wealth

  6. mark kulanuva
    November 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    If we Googled, I think this case purely commercial transaction, a bank about to collapse, and asked Djoko favor to buy out. He helped out with bought liabilities; I think Indonesian government should obligate to pay these liabilities to Djoko. Unfortunately, this case is politized by some people in the government who has vested interest.

  7. Leo Vincent
    November 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    About this so called fugutive (Djoko) -some are saying there’s nothing wrong with him while others say he has some issues against him to be answerable for.
    However I believe the main concern is him being given citizenship as a Papua New Guinean. This refers to processess and proceedures taken to grant him PNG National citizenship.
    Otherwise perhaps he is a good man like others r saying or a threat to the nation. Hence both side should have evidence to support their claim. If he is a good person why is that? Is it because of his riches ? His personalities his humbleness based on ethical behavior? And if he is bad what are the threats that this man can have influence to PNG?
    However I am not so much interested whether he is good or bad but would like the foreign affairs to explain how and why he was accepted as a national in PNG? The real issue sorrounds the manner in which he was accepted to live in this country as a citizen
    On the whole I don’t agree of him being given citizenship while many of our own type-west papuans r stii waiting for their request.

  8. Michael38
    November 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    It is a great concern that miscarriage of justice happened in Indonesia. This is extremely worrying as it makes a mockery of the Indonesian legal system and democracy. This is tragedy. Djoko could be a victim of government agenda and business competition.

  9. Julius
    November 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Based on positive law in Indonesia, he is innocent. That’s why majority of Indonesian law stakeholders call it a miscarriage of justice.

  10. JUDY
    November 8, 2012 at 11:14 am

    People like him leave a very bad taste in my mouth.The way in which he was given PNG citizenship as lot to be desired..come on dig it up and you will find a lot of things that are not right and how he was on the run when he came into PNG..there is a trail..somebody dig it up.All those who have welcomed him,should remember our Melanesian brothers in Indonesia..wanlan blong displa man i wok lo kilim die ol.wake up PNG…

  11. kumana
    December 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    ..Its is iobvious that our politicians are indeed in the pockets of these foreigners. Its really pisses some of us decent patriotric ordinary PNGans to rob us of our birthright..citizenship of our country..I think the only thing to do is to put a party of ordinary PNGans led by a right leader into parliment..unfortunately Mr Basil seem to have lost his shine. I belief Mr Juffa is the person and i would like to become a financial member of his party. Could Mr. Juffa pls give us some details of how we can join your party. The number of signed up membershipshould be a indication of the publics support for him as the only one in parliment looking out for PNGans.. kune.

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