“How to rob a bank and get away in Indonesia,” the title of the Asia Times said, was followed by a brief teaser about the Bank Bali corruption case that cost the country Rp 940 billion.
Asia Times also revealed Djoko Tjandra holds a Papua New Guinea passport in the name of Joe Chan issued in 2012, and is reported to have traveled to Port Moresby and Malaysia, even though the two countries have an extradition treaty with Indonesia.
The English-language media based in Hong Kong also reported on the success of Indonesia in extraditing Maria Pauline Lumowa.
The 62-year-old woman who has been a fugitive for 17 years is suspected of breaking into BNI by Rp 1.7 trillion.
However, the Asia Times incorrectly wrote that BNI stands for Bank Negara International, not Bank Negara Indonesia.
Other Indonesian snapper class hunters called Asia Times are Eddy Tansil and Hartawan Aluwi.
Eddy Tansil is breaking into Rp 1.3 trillion in state money from the Indonesian Development Bank (Bapindo) credit through the Golden Key Group (GKG) company.
In 1993 he escaped while serving a sentence of 17 years at Cipinang Prison, and until now his whereabouts are still a mystery.
Then Hartawan Aluwi is a fugitive from the Century Bank case. He was found guilty of embezzlement of customer money of Rp 1,378 trillion in 2007-2008
When the Asia Times uploaded the article Djoko Tjandra still a fugitive status in Malaysia.
Case Djoko Tjandra he mentioned once again shows that even though reforms continue to be echoed, money and power still rule the Indonesian law enforcement system, 20 years after the Bali Bank scandal.
“That is easily forgotten – and so is the person they call ‘Joker’,” concluded the Asia Times in its coverage.
This article has been aired on Kompas.com with the title “Djoko Tjandra Arrested, Foreign Media Highlights Indonesian Joker Nickname“