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Millionaire tries to avoid jail time

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 24, 2009) – An Indonesian multi-millionaire convicted by an Indonesian Supreme Court for a criminal offence is alleged to be hiding in Port Moresby.

Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra, jailed by his country’s Supreme Court for his alleged role in an illegal disbursement loan to a now defunct

Bank Bali in 1999, is reported to be in Port Moresby with relatives.

His lawyer Otto Cornelius Kaligis told The Jakarta Post this amid claims the multi-millionaire escaped to Port Moresby to avoid going to jail after his conviction.

"I’ve met Mr. Djoko’s family recently and told them that it would be better for him to surrender, and they responded positively,"

Indonesian attorney general’s office spokesman Jasman Pandjaitan told the press last week.

Mr. Jasman said Mr. Djoko flew to Port Moresby, PNG, on June 10, using a rented plane from Halim Perdanakusumah airport, Jakarta.

Mr. Kaligis denied Djoko fled to Port Moresby to avoid imprisonment, saying: "He went there on a business trip. My client also runs a lot of business there."

He said his client needed several days to calm down.

"He is still shocked after hearing that the Supreme Court sentenced him to two years in jail," Kaligis said.

The court has sentenced former central bank governor Syahril Sabirin to two years in jail in the same case. He began serving his term at the Cipinang prison in East Jakarta yesterday.

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