The National Police has brought Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra, a fugitive and graft convict who had been on the run for 11 years, back to Indonesia after arresting him in Malaysia on Thursday.Guarded by personnel of the police’s Criminal Investigation Unit (Bareskrim), Djoko landed at Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport in East Jakarta on Thursday evening.Bareskrim head Comr. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo said the arrest had been made possible through cooperation between Indonesian police and their Malaysian counterparts. Djoko was first arrested in September 1999 for his involvement in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case. He was acquitted by the South Jakarta District Court in 2000.After the AGO filed a request for review, the Supreme Court sentenced Djoko to two years of imprisonment in 2009 and ordered him to pay Rp 546 billion (US$54 million) in restitution. However, Djoko fled to Papua New Guinea a day before the court ruling and had remained at large ever since.Djoko recently made headlines as he managed to return to the country undetected and request a case review over his conviction with the South Jakarta District Court in early June. He reportedly filed his plea after obtaining a new electronic ID card and passport, in addition to having his Interpol red notice status lifted.The court, however, dropped his case review plea on Tuesday after Djoko, who was reported to be residing in Malaysia, failed to show up for the hearing four times. Djoko’s legal team said that the fugitive was not able to attend trial due to his poor health.Topics : “The National Police chief sent a letter to the Malaysian police to help with searching the fugitive and, Alhamdulillah [thank God], we managed to locate him [on Thursday] afternoon,” he said in a televised statement after arriving at the airport.“This is also the answer to public doubts as to whether the police could catch [the fugitive], and today we have [delivered on] our commitment to arrest Djoko Tjandra,” Listyo said as he thanked the Malaysian police for cooperating with the arrest.Read also: Cop accused of issuing travel letters for fugitive Djoko Tjandra faces multiple chargesFollowing his arrival, Djoko was immediately taken to the Bareskrim headquarters for further questioning.
Bayern Munich and Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez has joined esports organisation Ares Esport in an ambassadorial role.Rodriguez joins an impressive, if somewhat odd, host of names at the team which includes Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City, Yannick Carrasco of Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur’s Moussa Sissoko amongst others. The involvement of these players is, unsurprisingly, FIFA esports focused and is intended to give players from all backgrounds an opportunity to showcase their skills on ‘a global stage’. The ambassadors will lend their support via ‘coaching, social networks and physical presence at Ares events’. There are set to be plenty of tournaments to get involved in, and with the pro players will using their own profiles to give these a boost, they should see a lot of sign ups. The goal of Ares, as per its homepage mission statement, is ‘to develop and democratize the practice of esports by enabling new talent to shine internationally’. There’s reportedly a number of contracts waiting for those who prove themselves worthy too. On the site it notes that ‘At the beginning of November, we will set up a worldwide device for the detection of the best talents through open tournaments on a selection of video games.’ It also states that these will be given a contract with Ares. The current James Rodriguez Welcome Tournament opened qualifiers on October 14th, though there’s still a chance to get involved as qualifiers continue until the 23rd. There’s €2,500 (£2,200) up for grabs. Very excited to join an esport team ! https://t.co/faLd1JCCn4 [email protected] #GAMEISALL #AresEsport #Esport pic.twitter.com/8jQOOANgak— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) October 14, 2017Ares, or Alpha Republic of Esports, is a Paris based company, and there’ll be an offline finale in the French capital for the James Rodriguez tournament on November 2nd. Ares also involves itself in hosting tournaments for other games including Dota, CS:GO, Hearthstone and more. Esports Insider says: With a diverse range of ambassadors on board from across the world of football, and elsewhere Ares has the potential to reach a considerable number of esports outsiders. The FIFA 18 tournament in particular should garner considerable attention, and we’re keen to know more about which games Ares will be dishing out contracts for and their plans in detail in this regard.
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