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"The godfather of Jakarta" John Kei after he was arrested following an attack on a house in Bekasi, Indonesia. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE
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JAKARTA - For months before and after he was released in December on parole, John Renfra, better known as John Kei and also known as "the godfather of Jakarta", maintained he was a changed man.

While jailed in Indonesia's Nusakanbangan prison - where the country houses its death row inmates - for the 2012 killing of Mr Tan Harry Tantono of Sanex Steel, he told the popular Kick Andy interview programme last year that he was dedicated to helping others.

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