24 Jan 2013

PNG to revoke citizenship of Indonesian fugitive

7:21 pm on 24 January 2013

The Papua New Guinea government says it has started the process of revoking citizenship for wanted Indonesian fugitive Djoko Tjandra.

Djoko fled Indonesia in 2009, one day before the nation's Supreme Court convicted him in abstentia for misusing government bailout funds meant for the now defunct Bank of Bali.

The AAP reports that Djoko was awarded PNG citizenship last June and issued a passport under the name Joe Chan, despite being wanted by Interpol and the Indonesian government.

However the PNG government's chief secretary, Manasupe Zurenuoc, has advised the Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato to revoke Djoko's passport due to his outstanding arrest warrant issued in Indonesia.

The deputy opposition leader Sam Basil told the newspaper The National that two ministers allegedly involved with Djoko must be disciplined.

The newspaper report said Mr Basil was referring to Public Services Minister Sir Puka Temu and former foreign affairs minister Ano Pala, who have supported Djoko's investment plans in PNG.