Politics, Law, Security

Djoko Tjandra Returned

Indonesia achieved some redemption after letting convicted thief Djoko Tjandra slip through its fingers courtesy of its neighbor Malaysia. The National Police brought, a fugitive and graft convict who had been on the run for 11 years, back to Indonesia after arresting him in Malaysia on Thursday. Djoko was first arrested in September 1999 for his involvement in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case. He was acquitted by the South Jakarta District Court in 2000.After the AGO filed a request for review, the Supreme Court sentenced Djoko to two years of imprisonment in 2009 and ordered him to pay Rp 546 billion (US$54 million) in restitution. However, Djoko fled to Papua New Guinea a day before the court ruling and had remained at large ever since. Djoko recently made headlines as he managed to return to the country undetected and request a case review over his conviction with the South Jakarta District Court in early June. He reportedly filed his plea after obtaining a new electronic ID card and passport, in addition to having his Interpol red notice status lifted. The court, however, dropped his case review plea on Tuesday after Djoko, who was reported to be residing in Malaysia, failed to show up for the hearing four times. Djoko’s legal team said that the fugitive was not able to attend trial due to his poor health. (Jakarta Post)

Jokowi Expands State Intelligence Agency Mandate

President Jokowi expanded the purview of BIN (State Intelligence Agency) to include “the state apparatus”. BIN”s other functions include traditional intelligence functions (foreign affairs, internal, counter intelligence, cyber security, communications and information, technological/signals, economic intelligence). This follows an earlier move by Jokowi to place BIN directly under his authority, rather than the Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law, and Security. Analysts point to last year’s knife attack on Wiranto, then the Security Coordinating Minister, as well as reports of increased infiltration of civil servants ranks of radical Islamist ideologies as reasons for the increased role of BIN.