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Energy minister Jero Wacik named suspect in corruption case Energy minister Jero Wacik has been named suspect in an alleged extortion case linked with his position as a minister in 2011--2012 here on Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 September 2014 16:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Antigraft activists applaud Akilís life sentence A leading antigraft watchdog has applauded the Anti-Corruption Courtís decision to sentence former Constitutional Court chief justice Akil Mochtar to life in prison. ďThis verdict will not only give a deterrent effect but also send a message to other law enforcers not to commit corruption or take bribes,Ē said Emerson Yuntho, the legal monitoring coordinator of the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 July 2014 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft agency questions Jero Wacik The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik for questioning as a witness over a graft case related to the ministrys amended State Budget (APBN-P) 2013 by Parliaments Commission VII.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 June 2014 15:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious affairs minister suspect in corruption case Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 01:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutan Bhatoegana named suspect in corruption case Sutan Bhatoegana (SB), a parliamentary member from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyonos Democrat Party, has been named a suspect in a corruption case at the energy and mineral resources ministry.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 May 2014 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body confiscates a mayor`s grandmother's car The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had confiscated a car belonging to the grandmother of Tangerang Selatans mayor Airin Rachmi Diany. The car was confiscated on Wednesday in connection with the alleged case of money laundering of Airins husband Tubagus Chaery Wardhana (TCW) alias Wawan.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 April 2014 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Indonesia needs to anticipate ASEAN Open Sky Policy' Indonesia needs to anticipate the ASEAN Open Sky Policy in the aviation sector in the Southeast Asian region in 2015, a senior official said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 April 2014 12:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former party leader suspect in money laundering case Former ruling Democrat Party leader Anas Urbaningrum was named as a suspect in a money laundering case by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), here on Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 March 2014 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby finally walks free under parole after years in jail Schapelle Leigh Corby, finally walked free under a parole on Monday morning from her jail in Bali where she had spent two third of her prison term for drug smuggling. Corby,36, from Queensland, Australia, walked out of Kerobokan prison in Denpasar at 08.00 western local time under heavy police guard .

Posted in Drugs @ 10 February 2014 14:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Corby's parole will not undermine justice system' Justice and human rights minister Amir Syamsuddin said the governments decision to grant parole to Australian drug dealer Schapelle Leigh Corby would not undermine the countrys justice system.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 February 2014 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former ruling party chief grilled by KPK Indonesias anti-graft agency, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), grilled former chief of the ruling Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum, for the first time on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 January 2014 20:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anas Urbaningrum detained by KPK over corruption allegations On Friday, the former chairman of the ruling Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum, was detained by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), after several hours of interrogation, in connection with his alleged involvement in a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2014 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former MP charged of acting as go-between in bribery case A former parliamentary member from Golkar Party, Chairun Nisa, has been charged of acting as a go-between in the high profile corruption case involving former constitutional court chief justice Akil Mochtar.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 January 2014 20:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Atut, Wawan corruption suspects over health equipment procurement The Banten Province Governor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah and her brother, Tubagus Chaeri Wardana, have been named corruption suspects in connection with the procurement of health equipment worth Rp30 billion in the province in 2011-2013.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 January 2014 22:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anas says ready to be arrested in bribery case Former chairman of the ruling Democrat Party Anas Urbaningrum said he is prepared to be arrested by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over bribery allegations. This follows the recent arrest of another party member, as well as former minister for youth and sports Andi Malaranggeng, by the KPK. "I am 1,000 percent ready," Anas said.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 October 2013 22:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK adds graft charges for suspended chief justice The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has added an additional charge of graft to the charges pending against Akil Mochtar, the suspended chief justice who KPK recently named as a suspect in a bribery case.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 October 2013 20:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono opens APEC summit, stressing its important role Indonesia`s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono formally opened the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit here on Monday, underlining the forum`s increasing role in ensuring regional economic growth.

Posted in Politics @ 07 October 2013 22:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK : 'Losses worth Rp6.7 trillion to state in minerals sector' The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it has found losses to the state worth Rp6.7 trillion in the minerals and coal sector over the past nine years. The losses were in non tax revenues including royalty and fixed fee in the period of 2003-2011, KPK Deputy Chairman Busyro Muqoddas said here on Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 August 2013 23:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Another parliament member detained over corruption The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) again detained a parliamentary member over a corruption case. "Today KPK detained IEM (Izederick Emir Moeis) after grilling him over a corruption case linked to gifts or pledges made in connection with the construction of the Tarahan coal-fired power plant in 2004," KPK spokesman Johan Budi said here on Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 July 2013 21:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Philippine delegation visits Aceh to observe peace experience Delegation from the Philippines on Friday visits Banda Aceh to meet with local prominent figures and study the successful implementation of peace in Indonesia`s most eastern province after the central government and Aceh Freedom Movement (GAM) signed MoU last 2005.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2013 19:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ruling party`s chief named suspect over corruption Indonesia`s ruling Democrat Party`s chief Anas Urbaningrum was named suspect in connection with a corruption case here on Friday and banned to travel abroad.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 February 2013 21:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam coastal areas to be developed into coconut plantation The government plans to develop Batam municipality`s coastal areas into a coconut and cassava production center to meet local and national demands, an official said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 January 2013 00:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian man arrested with heroin in his underwear Sargunan M. Suppiah (37), a Malaysian national, has been arrested by Customs officials at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport carrying 372 grams of heroin concealed in his underwear. The drugs have a calculated street value of Rp. 855 million (US$87,200).

Posted in Drugs @ 12 January 2013 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Heroin smuggled from Malaysia seized The customs officers of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali have foiled an attempt to smuggle 372 grams of heroin, worth Rp855 million, from Malaysia into Indonesia.

Posted in Drugs @ 08 January 2013 22:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Iranians jailed for 14 years each for smuggling meth Six Iranians were sentenced to 14 years in jail and a fine of Rp10 billion each here on Friday for smuggling 100 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Posted in Drugs @ 01 December 2012 00:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former chief of Bintuni public works office arrested JHF, former chief of Bintuni public works office has been arrested in Semarang, Central Java on charge of corruption, police said.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 November 2012 10:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


German national on trial for 0.1 gram of meth A German chef working in Bali and caught with 0.1 gram of methamphetamines in July has commenced his trial before the Denpasar District Court that could send him to prison for 20 years.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 October 2012 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport customs foil meth smuggling attempt Soekarno-Hatta International Airport`s customs and excise officers foiled a smuggling attempt involving 5,688 grams of crystal methamphetamine worth more than Rp7 billion.

Posted in Drugs @ 17 September 2012 23:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Habibie: N250 still the best Former vice president BJ Habibie said that N250 is still one of the best aircraft. On the sidelines of an open house on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr celebration at his residence on Jalan Patra Kuningan here on Sunday Habibie said the plane will be able to fly in the next five years with some design changes.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2012 22:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US offers 24 F-16 fighters in grant to Indonesia The US has offered to provide additional F-16 fighter jets to Indonesia through a grant, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said here on Wednesday. He noted that the offer was made when the defense ministry`s secretary general, Vice Marshal Eris Herryanto, visited the United States last week.

Posted in Military @ 15 August 2012 22:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'No need to worry about Leopard purchase plan' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesians need not worry about the government`s plan to purchase leopard tanks from Germany because the tanks would only be used for defense purposes.

Posted in Military @ 10 July 2012 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Umar Patek sentenced to 20 years in jail for terrorism The West Jakarta District Court sentenced Hisyam bin Ali Zein alias Umar Patek to 20 years in jail on Thursday for his involvement in a number of terrorism crimes. The panel of judges led by Encep Yuliardi stated the 46-year old man had convincingly been found guilty of committing terrorism.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 June 2012 17:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corruption convict captured in San Francisco Indonesia`s corruption convict Sherny Kojongian, who was wanted by the police in connection with the BLBI case of Bank BHS, has been caught in US city of San Francisco.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 June 2012 09:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt remains committed to fighting narcotics The chief of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), Commissioner General Gories Mere, said the government would never tolerate narcotics crimes and would always support fight against them.

Posted in Drugs @ 09 June 2012 09:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


20 years in jail for bringing 6.9 kg of shabu Noerdin Muhammad Amin (41) alias Tudin, from Aceh, had been sentenced to 20 years in jail by the Medan district court on Thursday because he was found guilty of bringing 6.9 kg of methyl amphytamine locally called shabu-shabu kept in a cake wrapper.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 May 2012 21:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police officer acquitted in murder case Adjunct Senior Commissioner Mindo Tampubolon had been acquitted in the murder case of Putri Mega Umboh at the Batam District Court, Riau Islands, on Thursday, although the public prosecutor demanded life in prison on the defendant.

Posted in Crime @ 25 May 2012 09:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Clemency for drug offender draws harsh criticism   The decision of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut the sentence of Australian marijuana smuggler Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years on humanitarian grounds, has drawn harsh criticism at home.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 May 2012 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President cuts Corby`s sentence by five years President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has cut the sentence of Australian drugs convict Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years, Minister/State Secretary Sudi Silalahi confirmed here on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 May 2012 16:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Grandmother caught selling marijuana Police caught a 73-year old grandmother while she was about to sell five kilograms of marijuana in front of the Matur sub-district office here on Wednesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 21 March 2012 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby refuses to be moved from Kerobokan penitentiary Schapelle Leigh Corby, the Australian prisoner over a narcotics case, has refused to be moved from the Kerobokan penitentiary in Badung that was burned during a riot on Tuesday night.

Posted in Crime @ 25 February 2012 02:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


95 Indonesians to be deported from US after 20 years Ninety-five Indonesian citizens living in Garrison City, New Hampshire, USA, are to be deported because their stay permits have expired. In view of the prospect, the government had urged the citizens to abide by the rules existing in the foreign country.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 February 2012 07:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police bust drug trafficking ring Jakarta police have busted a methamphetamine trafficking ring by arresting nine people who were about to distribute 16 kilograms of the drug in the capital.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 December 2011 02:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President chairs limited meeting on main weaponry system President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chaired a limited meeting to discuss the procurement of main weaponry system (Alutsista) at his office on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 10 November 2011 08:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty Intl. wants new investigation in Munir case Those who gave the orders for the murder of Indonesian human rights activist Munir in 2004 have to be prosecuted. Amnesty International writes an open letter to the Indonesian prosecutor to ask for a new investigation in the murder case.

Posted in Crime @ 06 September 2011 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia pilots threaten to go on strike The Indonesian national air carrier Garuda Indonesia is threatened with a strike by its Pilot Association who are demanding pay parity with foreign pilots employed on contract by the air carrier.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 July 2011 11:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Abu Bakar Bashir was banker for terrorists' Abu Bakar Bashir is suspected to have given money for the training of terrorists in Aceh province in Indonesia. The public prosecutor has announced this on the first day of the trial against Bashir, earlier today in the South Jakarta district court.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 February 2011 08:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former tax officer gets 10 year prison for money laundering Former Jakarta tax office director Bahasyim Assifie on Wednesday was sentenced to 10 years in prison for money laundering, the latest corruption case involving officials in Indonesia.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 February 2011 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian woman locked and chained for 20 years A 41-year-old Indonesian woman suffering from a mental disorder has been locked up and chained by her parents for 20 years in a small room, the Jakarta Post reported Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 January 2011 06:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus gets 7-year prison term in tax corruption case In one of Indonesia's most media-covered corruption cases, tax officer Gayus Tambunan was sentenced to 7 years in prison for his involvement in bribes that led to his multibillion rupiah wealth, local media reported Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 January 2011 03:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia considering new Jakarta airport An airport spokesman on Friday confirmed that the government is considering building a new airport in the area surrounding the Indonesian capital city, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Economy @ 07 January 2011 08:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Prosecutors seek long sentences for suspected Aceh terrorists Indonesian prosecutors on Monday demanded jail sentences of as long as 12 years for the four suspected 'Al-Qaeda in Aceh' terrorists, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 December 2010 06:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


20 year jail term for rape and murder of Japanese tourist A judge on Bali has sentenced the 26-year-old David Goltar Wicaksono to 20 years in prison for the rape and murder of the 33-year old Rikasano, a Japanese tourist. The perpetrator, from Malang in East Java, was arrested late last year as a suspect in the case and was indeed found to be guilty now.

Posted in Crime @ 04 May 2010 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schapelle 'not my weed' Corby seeking clemency with Yudhoyono The Australian beautician academy student Schapelle Corby has reportedly filed a petition with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono seeking clemency in connection with her 20-year jail sentence for smuggling 4.2 kilogram of marijuana into Bali.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 April 2010 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three years longer in jail for Thai prisoner due to typo A Thai national was denied release and spent almost three additional years in a maximum-security prison in Indonesia because of a typing error, local media reported Friday. Kamjai was released on Thursday after he complained about his plight to Justice Minister Patrialis Akbar, who visited the island prison off the coast of Central Java on Wednesday for an inspection.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 April 2010 12:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Woman on trial for harboring terrorist An Indonesian woman went on trial Monday on charges of harboring Southeast Asia's most wanted terrorist at the home where he was slain last year in a shootout with police. Judges opened and then immediately adjourned the trial of 21-year-old Putri Munawaroh.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 April 2010 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four nights of classic Balinese cinema in Ubud As part of its celebration of 20 years of operation, Bali's Amandari in Sayan, Ubud, is hosting 4 nights of classic Balinese cinema at their resort October 14-17, 2009. Presented in cooperation with Cinematheque De La Dance in Paris and The French Embassy in Jakarta, the showings are without charge with a cash bar available. Each film performance begins at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

Posted in Culture @ 12 October 2009 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Mandiri to buy 11% stake in Garuda Indonesia Bank Mandiri, the biggest lender in Indonesia, has announced that it will take an 11 percent stake in now state-owned Garuda Indonesia. All parties involved agreed on this share for Bank Mandiri. Under the plan, Mandiri will convert 100 million dollar of the bond debt into equity. The buy values Garuda Indonesia around 910 million dollar (635 million euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 29 August 2009 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abuse case highlights need for stricter laws Public outcry over an Indonesian domestic workerís alleged abuse by her Malaysian employer has prompted the Indonesian government to demand better protection for its citizens working in the neighbouring country. With red blisters and scabs on her face and upper body, Siti Hajar fled her employer's house and sought shelter at the Indonesian embassy in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, in June.

Posted in Politics @ 11 August 2009 12:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Medan residents test positive for Mexican Flu Three residents of the city of Medan, in North Sumatra, have tested positive for the H1N1 Mexican Flu. They are only identified as VC (20 years), WKC (9 years) and CV (17 years). They all live in the same street and are now treated in the Adam Malik general hospital in the city. Their blood samples were taken last Tuesday, when they were brought to the hospital, according to Azwan Lubis, the medical director of the hospital.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 09 July 2009 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crackdown on freedom of expression in Maluku At least 70 people have been arrested or imprisoned for peaceful pro-independence activities in the province of Maluku, Indonesia over the last two years, Amnesty International revealed today. The Indonesian government should immediately and unconditionally release all those detained for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, belief and association.

Posted in Protests @ 20 December 2008 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ADB provides 500 million USD loan to clean 'dirtiest' river Indonesia's efforts to clean up the Citarum River, known as the world's most-polluted river, received a major boost as the Asian Development Bank approved a 500 million-U.S. dollar loan to the country on Friday. The Citarum River Basin Territory supports a population of 28 million people, delivers 20 percent of Indonesia's gross domestic product, and provides 80 percent of the surface water supply to Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta.

Posted in Environment @ 07 December 2008 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia makes gains in fight against corruption Indonesia's fight to curb corruption has led to a series of headline-grabbing investigations in recent months. Indonesia's leap from 143rd to 126th on the Transparency International corruption perception index last month is a small sign of improvement in a country widely viewed as one of the most corrupt in Asia.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 October 2008 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects Australian prison transfer Indonesia's justice ministry has denied a prison transfer request by convicted Australian drug smuggler, Schapelle Corby. The ministry says Corby has only served four years of a 20 year sentence and her request may have been granted if she had served more of her sentence.

Posted in Crime @ 08 September 2008 05:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Release peaceful demonstrators in Papua The Indonesian government should immediately release more than a dozen Papuans detained for raising the Papuan "Morning Star" flag in Fakfak, a major city in western Papua, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on the Indonesian government to launch an investigation into the excessive use of force by the Indonesian police, who beat and kicked the activists during the arrests on July 19, 2008. "Once again, the Indonesian authorities have stopped Papuans from peacefully expressing their political views," said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "The police should not resort to violence to suppress political activism."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three convicted murderers executed in Indonesia Three convicted murderers have been executed in Indonesia after spending nearly 20 years on death row. An 59-year-old mother and her 43-year-old son who murdered five people for revenge and a self-described shaman who killed eight were executed by firing squad overnight, an official said Saturday. Sumiarsih and her son Sugeng, were shot at shortly after midnight near Surabaya city in eastern Java.

Posted in Crime @ 20 July 2008 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby gets out of prison to go to beauty salon Convicted Australian drugs trafficker Schapelle Corby, who is currently serving 20 years in prison for the attempted smuggling marijuana from Bali to Australia, spent several hours in a beauty salon to have her hair and nails done. The 30-year-old was convicted of smuggling 4.1 kilograms of marijuana in 2005. Together with two security guards she was brought to a beauty salon in the Balinese capital of Denpasar. The salon is near a hospital where she has been treated for depression, according to witnesses.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 03 July 2008 05:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former intelligence official arrested over Munir case The former deputy head of Indonesia's top intelligence body has been arrested, for alleged involvement in the murder of a prominent human rights activist four years ago. Muchdi Purwo-prandjono was arrested as a key suspect in the murder of Munir, the co-founder of Imparsial and Kontras, two groups critical of the military and its methods of quashing dissent and separatism.

Posted in Crime @ 20 June 2008 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


South Maluku Republic activist jailed for life The leader of a secessionist group in Indonesia has been sentenced to life in prison for waving a separatist flag in front of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the nation's president. The incident was a major embarrassment to the president as he was attending a government ceremony in Maluku in June last year.

Posted in General @ 04 April 2008 16:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Indonesia not to execute three of the Bali Nine Indonesia's Supreme Court has reduced the death sentences handed down to three Australians convicted of drugs smuggling to life imprisonment. The Australians' lawyer today announced that the Jakarta court issued its ruling a few days ago. Neither the Indonesian nor the Australian authorities have confirmed the news.

Posted in Drugs @ 06 March 2008 11:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Indonesian airline boss jailed in Munir case The former executive director of Indonesia's national airline Garuda, Indra Setiawan, has been sentenced by a Jakarta court to one year in jail for assisting in the killing of the human rights activist Munir Said Thailib. The court found him guilty of falsifying documents to help the killer travel on Mr Munir's flight.

Posted in Crime @ 11 February 2008 14:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 Former Garuda Indonesia pilot jailed for activistís murder Indonesiaís supreme court has sentenced a former Garuda Indonesia airline pilot to 20 years in prison for the 'politically' motivated murder of one of the countryís leading human rights activist, it was announced on Friday. A court spokesman said the judges found Pollycarpus Priyanto killed Munir Thalib by poisoning his drink at Singaporeís Changi airport on September 7, 2004 while they chatted during a stopover of Munirís flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 25 January 2008 14:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Bali, make up your mind about the airport' Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has issued a challenge to the people of Bali come to a clear decision in the face of growing congestion and infrastructure limitations at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport. The Minister warned that the current indecision surrounding Bali's sole airport must end and the people must decide if the current airport will be expanded or a new airport is to be built in the Buleleng, Jembrana or Karangasem areas of Bali.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2007 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant inmate escapes from prison An Indonesian Islamic militant serving 20 years in prison for plotting a deadly cafe explosion in 2004 has escaped from jail in South Sulawesi province, an official of the prison said on Monday. Jasmin Bin Kasau used a rope to climb a wall of Guning Sari prison on last Friday night after a mass prayer, the official named only Rusdini said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 September 2007 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine get death penalty for producing ecstasy in Indonesia Indonesia's Supreme Court sentenced nine men, including Chinese, French and Dutch nationals, to death Tuesday for producing millions of pills of the illegal recreational drug Ecstasy. The punishment for the foreigners was harsher than that rendered by a lower court last year which had ordered the execution of just the two alleged Indonesian ringleaders.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 May 2007 09:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: free political prisoners in Papua At least 18 Papuans are serving sentences in Indonesian jails simply for peaceful acts of freedom of expression and opinion, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Such imprisonment violates international law and Indonesia's international legal obligations. The 42-page report, "Protest and Punishment: Political Prisoners in Papua," documents how the Indonesian government continues to use the criminal law to punish individuals who peacefully advocate for independence in the eastern Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Irian Jaya (hereafter referred to as Papua). All the prisoners have been convicted for treason or spreading hatred against the government, for nonviolent activities such as flag-raising, or attendance at peaceful meetings on self-determination options for Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 22 February 2007 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exxon stands firm on Natuna contract Despite uncertainty over its contract, giant oil and gas company ExxonMobil has expressed optimism that it will start developing the D-Alpha gas field in the Natuna Sea in 2008. "The contract is still valid and stands as it is. There have been no official talks about the contract being revised, let alone terminated," Peter J. Coleman, the company's president and general manager for Indonesia, told the press in Jakarta on Thursday evening.

Posted in General @ 13 October 2006 13:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to lengthen jail terms Jemaah Islamiah terrorists and Australian drug offenders will spend more years in jail with Indonesia deciding to curtail their sentence remissions. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has approved regulations forcing all terrorists, drug offenders and prisoners convicted of several other serious crimes to serve at least two-thirds of their original sentences. They will not be eligible for regular remissions issued to other prisoners until they have served at least a third of their jail terms.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 October 2006 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sentences four Australians to death An Indonesian appeals court has sentenced four Australian members of a drug smuggling ring to death, prompting a protest from the Australian government, officials said Wednesday. But the court spared the lives of two other Australians, sentencing them to life in prison. The fate of the men - part of a trafficking ring dubbed the "Bali Nine" by the media - has been followed closely in Australia, which does not have a death penalty. If carried out, the death sentences could strain ties between the two countries.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 September 2006 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Komodo dragon brings tourists, not their money Mohammed Sidik used to sell goats to Komodo National Park to feed to the wild Komodo dragons, the world's largest lizards, in a gory display for tourists. Park officials banned the practice a decade ago because they worried that the dragons were becoming lazy. Now the 10-foot-long predators waddle three miles to this squalid coastal village, raid Sidik's herd and eat his goats for free.

Posted in Environment @ 08 July 2006 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Australia moving for prisoner exchange agreement Indonesia and Australia have agreed to sign agreement on the exchange of prisoners and further talks on this issue will be held this week, a senior official said Wednesday. "We will be in talks with the Australian attorney general tomorrow (Thursday) to finalize the preparation. Indonesia and Australia have agreed with the substance of the prisoner exchange agreement," Minister of Justice and Human Rights Affairs Hamid Awaluddin was quoted by the Detikcom news website as saying.

Posted in Politics @ 29 June 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cleaned-up Ciliwung set to go with the flow In the not-so-distant future, the murky waters of the Ciliwung River will flow clean and bright -- and be good enough to drink. Or that is what the government envisions in an ambitious, long-term plan that will upgrade the quality of water in the notoriously polluted river. It also plans to clear the riverbanks of unlicensed residences, who are blamed for the bulk of pollution.

Posted in Environment @ 13 April 2006 14:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


4 accused of plotting to ship weapons to Indonesia Four Asian businessmen plotted to buy hundreds of handguns, machine guns, Sidewinder missiles and aviation radar equipment for export to Indonesia, creating a threat to national security, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The four men - who have been charged in Detroit and Honolulu - were arrested Sunday after meeting in Hawaii with people they thought were representatives of a Detroit-area company, which authorities say the men believed would supply the military hardware. It was to be shipped to Indonesia through Singapore.

Posted in General @ 12 April 2006 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-Mandiri directors acquitted in graft case An Indonesian court on Monday acquitted the former CEO and two other ex-directors of Indonesia's biggest bank in a corruption trial that has been a key symbol in President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's war on graft. Prosecutors had demanded 20 years prison each for the men.

Posted in General @ 20 February 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drug trial for young Australian postponed A court on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Monday postponed hearing the defence plea of a young Australian who may face life in jail for heroin trafficking. Judges in the trial of 20-year-old Scott Rush, one of nine Australians accused of involvement in a heroin smuggling ring, postponed the trial to Wednesday after his defence asked for more time to prepare their plea.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 January 2006 09:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors demand second death penalty for 'Bali Nine' Indonesian prosecutors asked a court on Thursday to sentence to death another one of the alleged ring leaders of a drug smuggling operation involving nine Australians dubbed the 'Bali Nine'. Prosecutors demanded the death penalty for Australian Andrew Chan, 21, who was arrested April 17 at a hotel in Bali during a sting operation on an organized drug smuggling network on the resort island.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 January 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Papua refugees charge Indonesia with genocide Indonesia has denied claims by asylum-seekers in Australia that genocide was taking place in the remote Indonesian province of Papua. The claim came from a group of more than 40 Papuans who fled their homes by boat last week, and then disappeared for several days before landing in tropical northern Australia.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 January 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia reinstates smuggler's sentence Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by an Australian woman convicted for smuggling marijuana, and reinstated her original 20-year sentence, a court official said Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 January 2006 19:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Long blackouts in Aceh and North Sumatra State power company PLN on Wednesday began cutting power to Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and North Sumatra provinces for two hours a day, again leaving residents in the dark after a year of regular blackouts in 2005. The rolling blackouts, which will continue over the next 52 days, will take place during peak usage hours, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., according to the company's spokesman in North Sumatra, Agus Muliadi.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2006 10:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Living on a fault line A year after the tsunami, scientists fear that another monster earthquake might one day strike Sumatra, triggering a fresh inundation by the sea. How frightened should we be?

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian model to be freed soon after Bali verdict An Indonesian court in Bali on Friday found an Australian model guilty of illegally receiving ecstasy pills and sentenced her to three months in jail, but she will be freed within days because of time spent in custody. Michelle Leslie was detained by police before going to an outdoor party on the resort island on August 20, which means the 24-year-old woman should be free by Sunday.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 November 2005 13:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Navy orders hitman arrest dead or alive A marine soldier who was sentenced to death for killing a businessman in 2003 has managed to escape for the second time from the military prison in Cibinong, West Java. Following the prison break, Commander of the Navy's Military Police Commodore Sunarko A.G. issued on Monday an order to capture Suud Rusli, the marine soldier, "dead or alive."

Posted in Crime @ 08 November 2005 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court appearance for alleged drug ringleader In Indonesia, the alleged ringleader of the so called Bali nine heroin smuggling ring has appeared in court for the first time. The eight men and one woman were arrested in Bali in April, accused of attempting to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin to Australia. The prosecution indictment casts 21 year old Australian Andrew Chan as the leader of the group.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 October 2005 10:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian model detained with 2,000 Ecstasy tablets in Medan A 21-year old Australian has been arrested in Medan, the capital of Indonesia's North Sumatra province, for allegedly distributing the party drug Ecstasy, police said Monday, after authorities allegedly found more than 2,000 tablets in his possession. The man, described as an English teacher, was seized at a house he rented in Medan on Saturday, police said in a statement. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 August 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Indonesia questions Australian drugs suspect An Australian woman has been arrested on the Indonesian island of Bali on suspicion of possessing drugs. Michelle Leslie, 24, was detained on Saturday at a party near Kuta for allegedly being in possession of two amphetamine tablets. The tablets in question are now being tested.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 August 2005 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch to apologise to Indonesia for 'police actions' Two Dutch church groups have applauded the "historic decision" by Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot to attend celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Indonesia's Independence on Wednesday. The Kerkinactie and ICCO groups also called on Bot to use the opportunity to apologise to the Indonesian people for the two bloody military campaigns the Dutch military carried out in a bid to regain control of the former colony following World War II.

Posted in Politics @ 16 August 2005 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Corby's last hearing brings in two Aussies After hearing testimony on Wednesday from two Brisbane-based employees of Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd., the Denpasar District Court closed the second trial for an Australian woman convicted of smuggling drugs into Bali.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 August 2005 14:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Downer warns against Indonesia boycott Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer has warned that any backlash against Indonesia as a result of Schapelle Corby's guilty verdict will not help her return to Australia. Mr Downer says the trial was conducted in line with Indonesia's justice system.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 May 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Australian drug smuggler gets 20 years in jail The Indonesian court in Bali Friday morning sentenced 27-year-old Australian beauty therapist Schapelle Corby to 20 years' imprisonment for trafficking 4.1 kilograms of marijuana into the resort island last year, which is much less than the life imprisonment proposed by the prosecutors.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 May 2005 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia's rent-a-mob industry gears up for election In a slum just a stone's throw from the gaudy mansions of Indonesia's elite, Rizal trades in human flesh and misery. Angry students, the urban poor, the rural poor, supporters, opposers -- all can be arranged for a price. "Over the years, I've had orders for people from the parties of two presidents, but I'll work for anyone," said the 30-year-old Jakarta man, one of thousands of Indonesians who make a living arranging mobs.

Posted in Elections @ 16 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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