first_imgAuthorities had found and confiscated as evidence two travel letters, a COVID-19-free medical certificate and a health recommendation letter issued for Djoko, Listyo said.Prasetyo — in his former capacity at Bareskrim — had allegedly ordered his subordinates to issue the letters, which were subsequently used by Djoko and his lawyer Anita Kolopaking to travel within the country, he added.The one-rank police general was removed from his position after an investigation by the police’s Internal Affairs Division (Propam) found that he had issued the travel letter for the graft suspect on his own initiative. Read also: Prosecutors demand court deny fugitive Djoko Tjandra’s case review plea A police general faces multiple charges after being named a suspect for allegedly assisting graft convict and fugitive Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra and issuing letters that allowed him to travel within the country.Brig. Gen. Prasetyo Utomo, the former head of the Civil Servant Investigator Supervisory and Coordination Bureau at the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim), had been accused of helping a criminal on the run and neglecting his duty as a law enforcer, Bareskrim chief Comr. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo said.The police have charged Prasetyo under Article 263 in conjunction with Article 55 of the Criminal Code on document forgery for creating and issuing forged travel letters for the convict, who recently returned to Indonesia after being at large for more than a decade. Listyo went on to say that Prasetyo had also been charged under Article 221 of the Criminal Code for allegedly obstructing the investigation and tampering with evidence.“As a police officer, the suspect ordered Comr. Joni Andriyanto to burn the letters that had been used by Djoko and Anita for their travel,” Listyo said as quoted by also faced a charge under Article 426 of the Criminal Code for allegedly assisting a criminal.With the multiple charges against him, the police general could be sentenced to six years of imprisonment.”We have questioned approximately 20 people as witnesses [in the case] to date,” Listyo said.The police investigators had been tracking down more people possible involved in the matter, he said, adding that more suspects might be named soon.Read also: Fugitive Djoko Tjandra skips another hearing, reportedly residing in MalaysiaThe fiasco surrounding Djoko’s sudden return to Indonesia has also implicated two other high-ranking police generals, who were removed last week, namely the international relations division head, Insp. Gen. Napoleon Bonaparte, and the secretary of the National Central Bureau (NCB) Interpol Indonesia, Brig. Gen. Nugroho Wibowo, for their alleged role in helping Djoko travel within the country.Djoko was convicted in 2009 for his role in the 1998 Bank Bali corruption case. The Supreme Court sentenced him to two years in prison and ordered him to pay Rp 546 billion (US$54 million), but he fled the country a day before his conviction and remained at large for years.The fugitive reportedly returned to Indonesia undetected and filed a case review plea with the South Jakarta District court to challenge his guilty verdict, though he had always been absent from his case hearings. His whereabouts today remain unclear, though reports suggest he might have taken up residence in Kuala Lumpur.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgMelbourne: Organisers of the ICC T20 World Cup are optimistic of organising of a successful tournament even if it directly competing with Australia’s football codes due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.The men’s T20 World Cup, slated to be played from October 18 to November 15, has come under doubts due to the coronavirus outbreak which has brought the entire sporting calendar to a grinding halt.With both the Australian Football League (AFL) and National Rugby League (AFL) seasons suspended, they may now clash with the T20 World Cup when they resume.“We’re wanting to give ourselves the best possible chance of going ahead as planned, so there’s no imminent or quick decision,” Nick Hockley, chief executive of the T20 World Cup organising committee, was quoted as saying by“Hopefully it’s all resolved and we go ahead. In the event that it isn’t completely resolved, we are looking at all the different scenarios. Which is only prudent.“They are collective discussions involving the organising committee, the ICC, all the members. We will keep everyone updated if anything changes. But for now, we’re just under seven months away … we’ve got a bit of time,” he added.The postponed AFL and NRL seasons will now almost certainly last long beyond September if they resume.“We really feel for the winter codes, obviously they’re doing it very tough,” Hockley said.“In the event they have extended seasons … we still think the World Cup is a really strong proposition that might not come here again for 10 or 20 years.“We’re very encouraged already by the take up in terms of ticket sales,” he added.Speculations are rife that the T20 World Cup might be cancelled. The BCCI is now looking at the October-November window to host the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which stands suspended till April 15 and chances of it being held in the near future are highly unlikely.But the move can only be possible if the ICC decides to postpone the World T20 that is to be held later in the year.However, ICC has made it clear though that the T20 World Cup is still on as planned and there have been no talks of postponement.Also read: Pay cut of Premier League players will hurt tax returns: Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA)Also watch: Coronavirus Preventive Measures: Dr. Navanil Barua in exclusive interview with The Sentinel Digitallast_img read more