Category: Profiles

Joker’s Collateral Damage: Suspect Prosecutor

Prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari, who allegedly communicated with then fugitive Joko Soegiarto Tjandra, was finally named a suspect. Pinangki is now detained. The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has moved faster than the National Police (POLRI). It found evidence that Pinangki had received US$500,000 in grafts. But this is only a temporary estimation. We are now waiting for POLRI to announce progress, taking into account that it had named two key suspects in the case. 

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Joker’s Collateral Damage: The AGO and Criminal Investigation 

Joko Soegiarto Tjandra, colloquially known as Joker, appeared in public after 11 years in hiding and caused mayhem. It’s a slap in the face to three institutions: the National Police (POLRI), the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, particularly its Directorate General of Immigration. POLRI immediately investigated what happened. Three generals were dismissed from their position in a matter of weeks. The AGO is now making its move. It published guidelines for the process of examining AGO officials by other institutions. What is the purpose of the guidelines?

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Joker’s Collateral Damage: OJK v. Mulia Group

A month before Joko Tjandra appeared in public, the Financial Services Authority (OJK) had filed a lawsuit against PT Sanggarcipta Kreasitama, a subsidiary of the Mulia Group. The lawsuit was filed after the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) noted the leasing of several floors in the Wisma Mulia 1 building. The OJK had paid Rp400 billion in rent, but the leased location is not utilized. PT Sanggarcipta Kreasitama decided to submit a counter lawsuit at a different district court recently.

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Revisiting Brasali Family

Aldo Putra Brasali (53), one of the heirs of Brasali Group, has passed away on Monday, August 10. Aldo is listed commissioner of IDX-listed property company PT Metropolitan Land Tbk (MTLA), a company with total assets of Rp5.8 trillion. MTLA was established by, among others, Aldo’s late father Budi Brasali and famous names like Ciputra and Ismail Sofyan.

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Joker’s Arrest & Succession at the National Police

Joko Tjandra, colloquially known as Joker, was arrested in Malaysia. He was handed over to Indonesia on July 30, 2020. His arrest makes for an interesting discussion when put in context with the upcoming succession at the National Police (POLRI). The Chief of the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Division (Kabareskrim) Comr. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo, who is known for being close to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, got all the credit for arresting Joko. So some believe that Listyo deserves to become the next police chief.

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The Joker Caught

Joko Tjandra, colloquially known as Joker, was finally arrested. With a discreet operation known only to three parties, the Indonesian National Police (POLRI) succeeded in requesting the cooperation of the Royal Malaysia Police (Polis Diraja). Joko Tjandra was arrested in Malaysia and handed over to Indonesia on July 30, 2020. Two days earlier, Malaysia convicted Najib Razak, the former prime minister who co-founded and chaired the 1MDB fund. It is not a secret that Najib is close to several conglomerates in Indonesia, including the Mulia Group.

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Erlangga Group, Beyond Publishing

Rita Hutauruk, President Commisioner of book publisher PT Penerbit Erlangga and President Director of PT Gelora Aksara Pratama (GAP Print), passed away on July 22, 2020. Rita is wife of the late Gunawan Hutauruk, the third generation of the founder of Erlangga Group, one of the largest publishing groups in the country. 

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Revisiting the Joker: Citizenship Status and Developments 

One of the Generals who helped Joko for travel in and out of Indonesia was named a suspect on multiple charges. The public learned that Joko was not only given one travel permit and the General in question was trying to eliminate evidence. On July 28, 2020, the Chief of the South Jakarta District Court finally decided not to accept the Reconsideration (PK) petition submitted by Joko. The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) finally sanctioned the prosecutor who had direct contact with Joko Tjandra and Anita Kolopaking, Joko’s legal counsel. Said development aside, there’s one thing that has not been scrutinized: Joko’s citizenship status.

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The New Pangkoopsus

The Commander of the Indonesian Military (TNI) Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto has made the former Vice General Commander of the Army’s Special Forces Kopassus Maj. Gen. Richard TH Tampubolon the new commander of the TNI’s Special Operations Command (Koopsus). Koopsus is an elite force tasked with executing President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s counter-terrorism agenda. Richard replaces Maj. Gen. (ret) Rohadi, who entered his mandatory retirement age last month.

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Revisiting the Joker: Reconsideration Confusion

On July 27, 2020, the South Jakarta District Court was supposed to continue the trial on Joko Tjandra’s Reconsideration petition. Nevertheless, Joko was again absent for the fourth time. It was unacceptable. So the Reconsideration petition should be rejected. Strangely, however, the Panel of Judges had a different opinion. Doubt over the credibility of the South Jakarta District Court is rising. 

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Revisiting the Joker: Papua New Guinea

The trial to examine the petition for Reconsideration (PK) submitted by fugitive Joko Tjandra was supposed to proceed yesterday after being postponed twice. Nevertheless, the trial had to be postponed once more because Joko was not present. Apart from the trial process, there’s been no explanation on the relationship between Joko Tjandra’s escape with Papua New Guinea.

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Revisiting the Joker: Legal Issues (4)

The Chief of the National Police (Kapolri) dismissed the Head of the Civil Servant Investigation and Coordination Bureau (Rokorwas PPNS) of the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Unit (Bareskrim Polri) Brigadier General (Pol) Prasetijo Utomo from his position on July 15, 2020. Prasetijo—who issued a travel permit (surat jalan) for Joko Tjandra—was detained on the same day for investigation purposes. 

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