ICW Urges Djoko Tjandra to be Cooperative

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesia Corruption Watch ("ICW") appreciated the steps taken by the Indonesian National Police in arresting fugitive Djoko Tjandra after he managed to elude law enforcement officers for the past 11 years. ICW hoped that Djoko can be cooperative to expose the law mafia that masterminded his escape.

    "ICW urged that [Djoko Tjandra] can be cooperative in undergoing his punishment and provide information to law enforcement about the parties that helped him in running for the past 11 years," ICW researcher Kurnia Ramadhana said in a written statement on Friday, July 31, 2020.

    Kurnia said that the KPK must immediately coordinate with the Police and the Attorney General Office to uncover the alleged bribery conducted by Djoko Tjandara or his advocates. In addition, Djoko will also be charged for obstruction of justice.

    Despite their appreciation for the Police, the ICW underlined that there are many homework that must be finished following the arrest. ICW said that for the police, there has to be an in-depth investigation to uncover internal Police officials suspected to be involved in Djoko's escape.

    Previously, Chief of the National Police General Idham Azis transferred three police generals for their suspected involvement in Djoko Tjandra's escape. "The Police needs to develop [the investigation] in relation to the possible involvement of Police officials that are involved in Djoko Tjandra's escape," Kurnia said.

    Similarly, Kurnia said that the Attorney General Office must evaluate the performance of its executor team in finding Djoko Tjandra. "Because the team is, in reality, failed to arrest the corruption case convict," Kurnia said.

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