Djoko Tjandra (Photo: Joanito De Saojoao)

Tycoon Djoko Tjandra Sentenced to 4.5 Years for Bribing Officers


APRIL 05, 2021

Jakarta. The Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court on Monday convicted property magnate Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra of corruption and handed four and a half years’ imprisonment in a bribery scandal that dragged top law enforcement officials through the mud.

Djoko, who is already serving a jail term for another corruption case related to Bank Bali debt scandal, was found guilty of bribing two police generals and a female prosecutor in return for assistance that allowed him to enter and travel in Indonesia last year while he was a graft fugitive.

The latest verdict brought the total number of his criminal conviction to three. 

The five-member judge panel also ordered the convict to pay Rp 100 million ($6,900) in fine to the state.


According to the verdict, Djoko has spent around $1.1 million on the three officials to help facilitate his return.

He paid Insp. Gen. Napoleon Bonarpate and Brig. Gen. Prasetijo Utomo the equivalent of $600,000 for removing his name from the Interpol wanted list, thus clearing his way through the country’s immigration checks, according to the court document.

Djoko also paid middle-ranking prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari $500,000 for helping him obtain a Supreme Court order stating that he shouldn’t be imprisoned upon entering Indonesia last year.

The same court earlier delivered a similar jail term to Napoleon and sentenced fellow officer Prasetijo to three and a half years last month.

Pinangki meanwhile received a harsh punishment after the court in a February ruling handed her 10 years’ imprisonment, as she was also found guilty of money laundering in addition to the graft conviction.

Djoko was a graft fugitive when he returned to the country last year to request a review against his conviction, renew his ID card and obtain an Indonesian passport despite attempts by prosecutors to arrest him since 2009.

The 69-year old was eventually arrested in Kuala Lumpur on July 30 following public uproar over his immunity during his return under the nose of law enforcement officials.

Djoko managed to travel between cities in June despite an arrest warrant issued by prosecutors in 2009.

Back then, Djoko was convicted of corruption and sentenced to two years in prison in a case emanating from a debt settlement between Bank Bali and the now-defunct Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA). 

Djoko has already left the country when the ruling was delivered in June 2009.

In addition to his earlier sentence, Djoko was again convicted of document forgery related to his controversial arrival and trip last year, which landed him a jail term of two and a half years during a court hearing in December.