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Bomb charges against Bashir dropped Alleged terror group leader Abu Bakar Bashir was handed over to prosecutors by Indonesian police today in preparation for his trial, but Bashir's lawyer said charges of masterminding a deadly anti-Christian bombing spree have been dropped. Police had earlier accused Bashir of planning the Christmas Eve 2000 bombing attacks on churches and priests, which killed 19 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First Sharia court for Aceh Indonesia's troubled Aceh province is to establish the country's first criminal court based on Sharia law, an official said on Wednesday. Indonesia already has religious courts which handle disputes about marriage or inheritance, but not criminal cases.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 February 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hopes dim for 41 missing at sea Hopes were fading yesterday of finding more survivors from an overcrowded ferry which burst into flames and sank in Indonesia on Sunday night, officials said. Rescuers recovered another body yesterday, bringing the death toll to 29 from Monday's sinking 50 km off the northern coast of Sumatra island, said Lieutenant-Colonel Umar Septono, the local police chief. Another 41 passengers were still missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll hits 28 in ferry sinking Indonesian rescuers searched waters off Sumatra island on Tuesday for more survivors from a sunken ferry as the death toll rose to 28 with some passengers still missing, an official said. Authorities have estimated around 70 people were on board the Mutiara Indah when it capsized in waters off the eastern coast of Sumatra on Sunday night. But several of the around 60 survivors said the boat was carrying up to 150 passengers when a fire broke out on the vessel's deck, local media have reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN indicts Indonesian generals The UN has indicted the former Indonesian armed forces chief along with six other generals and East Timor's ex-governor for crimes against humanity during the territory's bloody independence vote in 1999. "The accused have all been charged with crimes against humanity for murder, deportation and persecution," the United Nations said in a statement issued in the East Timorese capital of Dili.

Posted in Crime @ 25 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Gunung Lokon erupts MOUNT Lokon in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province erupted today, spewing rocks and ash that blanketed two villages on its slope. The 1689-metre high Mount Lokon, which last erupted in 1991 forcing the evacuation of at least 11,000 people from its slopes, began spewing rocks and ash around 2.30am GMT (1.30pm AEDT) said Abu Solihin of the vulcanology office in Manado, the provincial capital.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Genie circumcised baby in Tasikmalaya A mother has claimed that a genie circumcised her 10-month-old son while she was cooking breakfast, the Indonesian state news agency Antara reported Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 20 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Export fall hits Indonesia Indonesia's economy grew 3.66 per cent in 2002, but showed signs that exports and domestic consumption were faltering toward the end of the year, the Government said yesterday. The growth was largely fuelled by a pick-up in consumer spending, which recovered after collapsing following the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis.

Posted in Economy @ 19 February 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police says Bali bomb death toll at 202 The death toll from last October's devastating bomb blasts on the tourist island of Bali now stands at 202, Indonesian police said on Wednesday. Previous counts had put the number at 194. Bali police spokesman Yatim Suyatmo said that adding to the death count were five Australians, one Singaporean, one Briton and one Indonesian who had died in hospitals overseas.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1000 more islands found in archipelago Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, has 1,000 more islands than previously thought, an official said yesterday. Analysis of satellite imaging data by the Aviation and Space Institute shows 18,108 islands compared to some 17,000 previously believed to exist, said the head of the institute, Mr Mahdi Kartasasmita. Last December, Indonesia lost two of those islands when the International Court of Justice granted ownership of Sipadan and Ligitan to Malaysia. The ruling prompted calls for Indonesia to pay more attention to its smaller islands.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Underground fires wreak havoc Thousands of underground coal fires around the world could be fuelling toxic pollution, contributing up to 3% of the rate of global warming and threatening wildlife, scientists warned yesterday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim leader warns of Indonesia war reaction An attack on Iraq by the United States and Australia would be a golden opportunity for radical fundamentalists in Indonesia and other Muslim countries to expand their support, the leader of Indonesia's biggest Islamic organisation has warned. Hasyim Muzadi, chairman of the 40-million-strong Nahdlatul Ulama, said a Western war on Iraq would undo all the good done by a joint campaign by all faiths in Indonesia to reduce religious tensions after the Bali bombing.

Posted in Religion @ 13 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspect confesses to Bali bombing A key suspect in the Bali bombings has confessed live on television and expressed his regrets for those who died. "Our target is America and its allies because they are the international terrorists,” Ali Imron said. He admitted that he parked the car carrying the bomb that exploded outside the Sari Club in Bali’s tourist district last October, killing almost 200 people, including 26 Britons.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda pilots cancel strike at last minute Pilots at state-owned carrier Garuda Indonesia canceled a strike that was set to start Tuesday following a last-minute government intervention, a union spokesman said. It was the second time in a month that the pilots union has dropped plans to strike in its dispute with Garuda over wages. But the union on Tuesday insisted a strike remained an option if the company fails to meet their demands for salary hikes of up to three times their current levels.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 11 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands protest war plans In the biggest anti-American protest yet in the world’s most populous Muslim country, tens of thousands of Indonesians on Sunday staged a peaceful protest against a possible US attack on Iraq. Local media estimated the size of the crowd at up to 100,000.

Posted in Protests @ 10 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






ABDUL Latief unsteadily enters the office of a Jakarta human rights group with a young man at his elbow. He struggles to mouth an intelligible greeting, the consequence of a stroke he suffered some years ago. Latief, a retired colonel, is a member of a dwindling generation to have an intimate recollection of the rise of modern Indonesia. He was witness to, and a crucial participant in, the events that produced the regime of former president Suharto.

Posted in History @ 10 February 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebels to lay down arms in war-torn Aceh Rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province are set to begin disarming Sunday as part of a Swiss-brokered deal that has already helped produce two relatively peaceful months in the war-torn region. The Free Aceh Movement rebels will begin to lay down arms at designated places which will be periodically monitored by peace observers, while Indonesian troops will move to a defensive position, according to the terms of the deal.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 08 February 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blast injures one in Jakarta A small explosion Friday in an industrial neighborhood in eastern Jakarta injured one passer-by, police said. Police Lt. Ino said the blast occurred near a stream next to a small manufacturing plant. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, but the extent of his injuries was not immediately known.

Posted in Violence @ 08 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: Forests are damaged by illegal logging A large portion of Indonesia's forests have been damaged through illegal logging, and other nations must tighten controls to stop importing this wood, a Cabinet minister said Thursday. "Total losses from illegal logging in Indonesia amount to US$600 million per year, which is equivalent to four times the annual government budget for the forestry sector," Forestry Minister Muhammad Prakosa said in a statement issued Thursday.

Posted in Environment @ 07 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy fires at foreign trawler The Indonesian Navy said it fired at a foreign trawler yesterday and arrested its 25-member crew in an increasingly violent campaign to crack down on illegal fishing in its waters. The navy defended the heavy-handed action a week after it sank four boats from the Philippines and detained their crew members for allegedly fishing in Indonesian waters illegally.

Posted in General @ 06 February 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Students in rowdy anti-president protest About 1,000 Indonesian students staged a rowdy protest outside the home of President Megawati Sukarnoputri on Thursday calling for her to step down. Hundreds of police formed a cordon to stop the protesters approaching Megawati's official residence in central Jakarta.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourism showing signs of recovery Tourist arrivals to Bali almost doubled in December from the previous month to 68,000, signaling a recovery in an industry that has been devastated by the Oct. 12 nightclub bombings, Indonesia's statistics bureau said. Still, Indonesia's tourist industry, which contributes about 5 percent to annual gross domestic product, suffered badly in 2002 due to the blast, the statistics bureau said in figures received Tuesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 February 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bumpy road ahead to polls next year Brace yourselves - the next 18 months are going to be tense and turbulent as Indonesia heads down a bumpy road to the 2004 polls. Talk to political insiders and you will hear riveting accounts of how close some quarters of the Indonesian military came to seizing power two weeks ago, in the face of popular opposition to the Megawati government's slashing of some subsidies. The word 'coup' trips lightly off many lips.

Posted in Elections @ 04 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What intrigues me about the 'old Indonesia' is the Dutch part. Maybe because I'm Dutch myself, but mainly because there is fairly little I know about it actually. If I think about how little information I got in school over the years I actually was in school. I wrote about this earlier, and about the facts that the Dutch maybe aren't proud of what they did in the Far East. But now the other side, there is no denying that the Dutch actually have been in Indonesia if it only were for that they left behind in buildings only.

Posted in History @ 04 February 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosion rocks police HQ A blast that rocked police headquarters in Jakarta early on Monday was triggered by an explosive device, police said, but there was no immediate report of casualties. Police spokesman Edward Aritonang told reporters the blast took place outside an auditorium in the headquarters complex that is frequently used for public events like weddings.

Posted in Violence @ 03 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police foil a second bombing A second terrorist attack by the Bali bombers has been prevented by Australian and Indonesian police. Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said a Jemaah Islamiyah plot to bomb a target in Indonesia late last year was uncovered by police from both countries during interviews with Bali bomb suspects Imam Samudra and Ali Imron.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 February 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ten dead in Indonesia landslide Ten people have been killed by a landslide that buried their homes in Indonesia's West Java province, a local official said. The deaths early Friday (local time) in Kuningan regency followed another landslide elsewhere in West Java that killed at least 18 people three days earlier. Authorities recovered the last two of 10 bodies that were buried in the landslide that struck Cantilan village the previous day, Slamet Hermansyah of the Kuningan government information bureau said.

Posted in Weather @ 01 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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