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Immigration office detains 283 foreigners in Medan The Immigration officers have taken into custody at least 283 foreign people in Medan Immigration Detention House in Belawan town because they did not possess official legal documents or passports.

Posted in Crime @ 25 July 2014 20:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


212 illegal immigrants stay in house detention in Medan The 17 illegal immigrants from Palestine, who were arrested by officers, have increased the total occupants of the immigrant detention house of Medan in Belawan, North Sumatra, to 212 people in March 2014.

Posted in Crime @ 07 March 2014 18:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Corruption real threat to development' Corruption is a real threat to development, stated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here, on Monday, in the wake of the Anti-Corruption Day commemoration. "Corruption is still happening in Indonesia. It is a real threat to the development of this nation," Yudhoyono noted.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2013 18:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest nine illegal immigrants at Jambi airport Police of South Jambi arrested nine illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan in Sultan Thaha Airport, Jambi. "They were secured by the airport security officers while waiting in the airport to head to Jakarta," Head of South Jambi Sector Police Office Adjunct Commissioner Dudi Nuveri said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 September 2013 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tougher immigration policy against illegal asylum seekers The Australian government has put into effect a stricter immigration policy to prevent more asylum seekers from entering the country illegally, according to Australian ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2013 20:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain 20 asylum seekers from Afghanistan Siak police in Riau, have detained 20 asylum seekers or illegal immigrants from Afghanistan. They were in a bus when police stopped them in the sub-district of Mandau, in the Bengkalis regency on Wednesday, Siak police chief Adj. Sr. Comr Sugeng Putut Wicaksono said via telephone on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 01 August 2013 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


21 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan caught in Jambi Twenty one illegal immigrants from Afghanistan caught by police in Jambi, Sumatra, on Friday are being accommodated at the local immigration office waiting for transfer to Pekanbaru. They are still being intensively interrogated by immigration officials, head of Jambi province`s immigration office, Marsudi, said here on Sunday.

Posted in Crime @ 30 June 2013 22:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 100 illegal immigrants nabbed in Cianjur Police detained more than 100 illegal immigrant in Cianjur, West Java , on the highway leading to southern coast of Java on Thursday. Police detective Adj Comr. Gito of the Cianjur police said the first group of 80 illegal immigrants from Maynmar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan were stopped in the Cianjur-Bandung highway.

Posted in Crime @ 13 June 2013 22:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pakistani sentenced to six years for smuggling people The district court in Pandeglang, Banten, sentenced a Pakistani national to six years in jail on Tuesday for trying to smuggle people to Australia. The court also ordered the Pakistani, Saadhat Ali (49), to pay a fine of Rp500 million or spend two more months in jail.

Posted in Crime @ 07 May 2013 22:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampang police detain 76 Rohingya refugees Sampang police detained 76 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Tanglok seaport, Madura Island, East Java Province, on Saturday evening. "The arrest happened last night and right now they are in the Pamekasan immigration office," Sampang Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Solehan said here on Sunday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 April 2013 15:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Asylum seekers in Medan wish to be sent to Australia Asylum seekers including the Rohingyas from Myanmar now being accommodated in Medan, North Sumatra, have asked for their dispatch to Australia or New Zealand.One of the Rohingya refugees, M Habib (32), said here on Tuesday that he did not care where he would be taken to as the most important thing was leaving the present temporary shelter.

"For us the important thing is leaving the present shelter," he said. He said it would all be up to the UNHCR that has so far taken care of them. He said the Rohingyas were not interested in money but clear status and countries that are willing to assure their security.

Habib said they have so far been declared as refugees but no country has been willing to accept them after leaving conflict in their home country. "It is impossible to return to Myanmar as his mother, brothers and sisters and other families have all left following the clash. Relatives have also died," he said.

Tens of Rohingyas recently visited the UNHCR office on Jalan Babura Lama in Medan to demand for their immediate dispatch to Australia or other countries.

Another Rohingya refugee, Zaid Husein (28) said he could not stop wondering why the UNHCR office in Medan did not care about the Myanmarese refugees living in the shelter on Pasar II, Jaln Jamin Gintin, numbering in the hundred who have been living there for four years.

Refugees from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Iran who have stayed in the shelter for more than a year meanwhile have all asked to be sent to Australia and New Zealand. "The UNHCR`s inaction was regrettable as the Rohingyas have long been staying in Medan and hoping to be sent to a foreign country," Husein said.

Posted in General @ 09 April 2013 18:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Over 300 illegal immigrants detained in Kupang The Kupang immigration office in East Nusa Tenggara said it has detained 304 new illegal immigrants from Middle East on their way to Australia.

Posted in Crime @ 09 January 2013 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to receive several leaders in Bali President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Friday was scheduled to hold separate bilateral talks with several leaders attending the Bali Democracy Forum.

Posted in Politics @ 09 November 2012 11:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


23 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan arrested Police have arrested 23 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan planning to cross to Australia in Cisolok and Pelabuhan Ratu in Sukabumi, West Java.

Posted in Crime @ 21 September 2012 22:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


900 illegal immigrants arrested by immigration in Kupang Immigration officers in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, have arrested some 900 illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern countries, who were headed for Australia, this year.

Posted in Crime @ 20 September 2012 22:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


56 immigrants saved, one died after boat capsized A total of 56 immigrants whose boat capsized in the Panaitan Strait waters in Pandeglang, Banten, in West Java have successfully been evacuated to shore but one died on the way.

Posted in General @ 01 September 2012 04:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNHCR: asylum seekers continue to increase in Indonesia The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the number of political asylum seekers in Indonesia continued to increase in the past five years due to prolonged conflicts in their country.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2012 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


47 illegal immigrants plan to go to Australia Ciemas Police Sector chief Adjunct Police Commissioner Sumaryoto said 47 illegal Afghan immigrants wanted to cross to Christmas Island, Australia, from Ciemas waters.

Posted in Crime @ 04 June 2012 05:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Afghan, Sudanese immigrants in Pasuruan detention center A total of 68 Afghan and Sudanese immigrants being detained at the Malang immigration office will soon be taken to the Pasuruan immigration detention center in East Java.

Posted in Crime @ 22 April 2012 17:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


30 illegal immigrants sent to Tanjungpinang Cilegon immigration authorities are moving 30 illegal immigrants to immigration detention centers on Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2012 14:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More illegal immigrants arrested in Sukabumi Police in Sukabumi, West Java, have arrested some more illegal immigrants seeking to cross over to Australia, bringing the total caught so far to 72.

Posted in Crime @ 13 March 2012 14:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


149 illegal immigrants detained in Bogor The Immigration authority of Bogor district, West Java province, has detained a total of 149 illegal immigrants in a raid at the provincial Puncak tourist resort, an immigration official said.

Posted in Crime @ 15 February 2012 08:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Trail begins for 2002 Bali bomb suspect Umar Patek The main suspect behind the deadly bombing which hit the Indonesian resort island of Bali in 2002 faced the start of his first trial on Monday, local media reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 February 2012 11:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests 77 illegal Afghan asylum-seekers Indonesian authorities on Sunday arrested nearly 80 illegal Afghan immigrants at the rest area of a toll road near Jakarta, officials told a local news agency on Monday.

Posted in Crime @ 09 January 2012 20:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll reaches 95 in Indonesian immigrant boat sinking The death toll after a ship carrying Australia-bound immigrants sank off the coast of Indonesia on Saturday evening has risen to at least 95, officials said on Friday. Around 100 people remain missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 December 2011 19:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds still missing after boat sinking off Indonesia Up to 200 people remain missing after a ship carrying Australia-bound immigrants sank off the coast of Indonesia on late Saturday evening, officials said on Tuesday. Nearly 50 others have been rescued.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 December 2011 05:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jambi police arrest 31 illegal immigrants Police in Jambi province arrested 31 Afghan immigrants at 7.30 on Thursday evening, Jambi Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Yassir said Friday. "The police arrested the 31 Afghan immigrants because they did not have passports and other official documents," Yassir said.

Posted in Crime @ 12 November 2011 04:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boat capsized off Indonesia carried 100 asylum-seekers The United Nations (UN) on Saturday said a boat which capsized off the coast of Indonesia on Tuesday was carrying up to 100 asylum-seekers who were trying to reach Australia.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 November 2011 03:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six drown after boat with immigrants capsizes in Indonesia At least six illegal immigrants trying to reach Australia were killed on early Tuesday morning when their boat capsized off Indonesia, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 November 2011 18:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian boy in immigration detention center over drugs A 14-year-old Australian boy who was previously arrested for drug possession on the Indonesian island of Bali has been moved from a police detention cell to an immigration detention center, the Antara news agency reported on Monday.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 October 2011 11:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-terrorist is now comic book hero The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked terrorist Nasir Abas have become a new comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from militant to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 September 2011 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


36 illegal Afghans arrested on Madura The regional police of Pamekasan on the island of Madura has arrested a total of 36 illegal Afghan immigrants. All of them were adult males, most of which have not yet been identified. The people were arrested in a house belonging to a villager of Tlonto Ares after neighbors informed the police about their whereabouts.

Posted in Crime @ 20 June 2011 09:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IOM: Around 3,200 people smuggled into Indonesia in 2010 The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday said around 3,200 people from war-torn Middle Eastern countries were smuggled into Indonesia in 2010.

Posted in Crime @ 09 May 2011 15:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pakistan's Foreign Ministry confirms arrest of Bali bomb suspect Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday appeared on national television and confirmed that the country's security forces had captured a man wanted in connection with the 2002 Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 April 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to Pakistan to confirm Bali bomb terrorist arrest The government of Indonesia announced on Wednesday that a police team has been deployed to Pakistan to review the arrest of Indonesian terrorist Umar Patek, who is also wanted in the Southeast Asian country and linked to the Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 March 2011 15:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police thwart people smuggling effort News Agency Antara reports that the Bali police successfully thwarted an effort to smuggle more than 50 people originating from the Middle East to Australia via Bali and Madura. "The were 52 immigrants from the Middle East who we taken into custody near Kubu, Karangasem on Saturday night, February 20th," said the director of the Bali Water Police, Agus Doeta Supranggono.

Posted in Human rights @ 28 February 2011 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ten illegal Afghan immigrants arrested by police Makassar police have arrested 10 more immigrants from Afghanistan, who arrived in the South Sulawesi capital at night on Friday to avoid security check. The police have now arrested 16 illegal immigrants, mostly from Afghanistan, over the last three days.

Posted in General @ 25 April 2010 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hizbut Tahrir supporters protest against Obama Two thousand supporters of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) in South Sulawesi staged Sunday an anti-US President Barrack Obama rally in Makassar, rejecting his plan to visit Indonesia. The rally began at Al Markaz Al Islami mosque and continued to Mandala monument.

Posted in Protests @ 15 March 2010 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tough laws needed to curb people-smuggling Indonesia has become a key transit point for illegal migrants in the region, but efforts to curb people-smuggling are being hampered by a dearth of stringent laws to punish offenders, officials say. Eko Daniyanto, head of the people-smuggling unit for the Indonesian national police, said international people-smuggling syndicates had operated in Indonesia since 2005.

Posted in Human rights @ 19 November 2009 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The long history of Jemaah Islamiyah and Indonesia, 2 The JI was established as a loose confederation of several Islamic groups. Sometime around 1969, two men, Abu Bakar Bashir,and Abdullah Sungkar, began an operation to propagate the Darul Islam movement, a conservative strain of Islam. Darul Islam was almost eliminated in the 1950s after members belonging to that sect instigated a rebellion in an effort to create an Islamic state in parts of Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 13:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven more bodies of Afghan refugees found off Riau coast The Indonesian Navy on Friday found the bodies of the Afghan refugees who were onboard a boat that had recently sunk in the Riau waters off the port city of Bagansiapiapi, in Riau province, a Navy commander said. "This afternoon we found five more bodies. We have discovered another two in the morning," the Detik.com quoted Bagansiapiapi Navy post commander Lieutenant Al Muhfid as saying.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 May 2009 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of supporters clash with police Thousands of people gathered for the funerals of three Indonesians executed on Sunday for the 2002 Bali bombings, sparking clashes between police and emotional supporters. The three men from the group Jemaah Islamiah, Imam Samudra, 38, and brothers Mukhlas, 48, and Amrozi, 46, were executed by firing squad in central Java shortly after midnight, claiming to want to die as "martyrs" and having shown no remorse for the attacks.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2008 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tells bombers' families to 'get ready' The families of the Indonesian Islamists on death row for the 2002 Bali bombings which killed more than 200 people have been told to "get ready" for the executions, officials said Friday. In the latest indication that the men will soon face firing squads, prosecutors and police visited the family of brothers Amrozi, 47, and Mukhlas, 48, in this east Java village and warned them to prepare for bad news.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 November 2008 04:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court rejects Bali bombers' appeal Execution by firing squad does not violate Indonesia's constitution, the country's top court ruled on Tuesday. Indonesia's Constitutional Court rejected the claim by three men on death row, who were convicted in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, that their executions by firing squad would violate the country's constitution. Their request for beheading was also dismissed by the court.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2008 12:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top terrorist Dujana arrested in Indonesia The Indonesian police confirmed Wednesday that Abu Dujana, suspected of being military leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist group, had been arrested and was in custody in Banyumas, Central Java.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 June 2007 15:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror suspect killed by police in Yogyakarta One suspected militant has been killed while another was wounded during an ambush by an anti-terror unit in the city of Yogyakarta in central Java. This was announced by the police today. The police also arrested 'several suspects' after a gunbattle on Tuesday evening. National police spokesman Sisno Adiwinoto told reporters the entire story, including the fact that top militant Abu Dujana was not apprehended, on contrary what rumors said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 March 2007 09:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso violence could help Indonesia militants regroup Renewed trouble in Indonesia's central Sulawesi island, long the site of deadly Christian-Muslim rivalry, underscores how communal tensions may help reinvigorate the country's militant Islamic movement.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 January 2007 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police killings of alleged militants risk more violence The killings of 15 alleged Islamic militants by police on conflict-ridden Sulawesi island this week risk inflaming Indonesia's terrorist movements and should be independently investigated, a think tank said. The police defended the raid, denying allegations in local media that three of those killed were innocent bystanders and insisting that officers opened fire after they came under attack by well-armed militants.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 25 January 2007 08:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schools closed in Poso after clashes Some schools were closed in Indonesia's troubled Poso region on Tuesday a day after 12 people were killed in a clash between police and suspected Islamic militants, but there was no more violence, officials said. One policeman was among those killed in the clashes after a raid on a militant hideout.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 January 2007 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sulawesi police say they killed senior JI militant Indonesian police shot dead what they called a senior member of the regional militant group Jemaah Islamiah on Thursday on Sulawesi island, the same day a mob killed a policeman at a funeral for another militant. National Police spokesman Anton Bachrul Alam said the militant, named as Riyan and also known as Abdul Hakim, died in a raid in Maengkol Poso in Central Sulawesi.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 January 2007 15:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia overturns Bashir's conviction Indonesia overturned a terror conviction Thursday against the militant Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who served 2 1/2 years for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed more than 200 people. The Supreme Court ruling is likely to anger the United States and its regional ally Australia, both of which publicly accused the aging cleric of being a top leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked Southeast Asian terror group.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2006 16:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebel split overshadows elections in Aceh Muhammad Nasir has more than earned the right to cast a vote in the upcoming historic elections in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province. Only 18 months ago, the 39-year-old was languishing in jail, a political prisoner from the armed Free Aceh Movement (GAM), which had waged a guerrilla war against the Indonesian government since 1976.

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests escalate ahead of Bush's visit Anti-American protests intensified on Saturday ahead of President George W. Bush's coming visit to the world's most populous Muslim country. "Bush is a terrorist!'' chanted 300 Islamic hard-liners, students and ordinary citizens who gathered outside the U.S. embassy in the capital, Jakarta, the target of near-daily protests all month. "He is guilty of killing Muslims!'' Bush was scheduled to visit Indonesia briefly on Monday.

Posted in Protests @ 19 November 2006 02:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-Bush protests in Indonesia cause traffic jams Hundreds of protesters on Friday burned U.S. flags and chanted "You're not welcome here" ahead of a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush to predominantly Muslim Indonesia. Traffic jammed as protesters marched through the streets of Bogor, where Bush will meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday for wide-ranging talks covering terrorism, the Middle East peace process, poverty alleviation and education.

Posted in Protests @ 18 November 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 19 reactions


Omran held talks with JI leader Bashir in Indonesia Melbourne cleric Mohammed Omran held talks with Jemaah Islamiah spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir in Indonesia as part of a longstanding alliance between groups headed by the two men. The meeting, which followed earlier talks between the pair in Melbourne, was revealed to the Australian Federal Police in a written account provided by one of Sheik Omran's followers, who was later arrested on terrorism charges.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 November 2006 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush faces rising anti-U.S. sentiment in predominantly Muslim Indonesia A politically weakened U.S. President George W. Bush will face anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he visits mostly Muslim Indonesia on Monday for talks aimed at broadening ties with a strategic ally in the war on terror. Islamic groups have vowed to disrupt Bush's brief stop in the country, which is also seen in Washington as a key counterbalance to China's emerging economic and military might in Southeast Asia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 November 2006 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of hardline Muslims rally against Bush’s planned visit Hundreds of Islamic hard-liners rallied in front of the American Embassy in Jakarta on Saturday, denouncing President Bush’s planned trip to the world’s most populous Muslim nation. “Bush should not come to Indonesia,” shouted Muhammad Ismail Yusanto, saying Bush was responsible for the violence in the Palestinian territories, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted in Politics @ 05 November 2006 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to US: learn some patience The US needs to let other countries decide for themselves how to fight terrorism in order to counter perceptions that Washington is overbearing, Indonesia's defense minister told visiting US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In turn, Rumsfeld talked to Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono and Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday about a need for their nation to continue efforts to ensure that human rights abuses are no longer a problem with its military.

Posted in Politics @ 08 June 2006 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Prosecutor: Bali bombings were to avenge Muslim deaths Four suspected Islamic militants went on trial today for their alleged roles in last year’s suicide bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, attacks a prosecutor said were aimed at avenging Muslims’ deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. If found guilty, they could face the death penalty under anti-terror laws. Security was tight at the Denpasar trials, the first to be held over the triple bombings that killed 20 people and were blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked south-east Asian terror group.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2006 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Implications of pornography bill and Islamic law In the past few months much has been in the local Press about Sharia regulations in regions of Indonesia as well as the frequently cited Pornography Law being deliberated on in the House. These clippings in the press have been anything but flattering of Sharia which to a practicing Muslim is the crux of his daily interactions. Sharia has been labeled oppressive to women and minorities of other faiths, a step backwards for Indonesia, and an inhibitor to the economy.

Posted in Culture @ 25 March 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jema'ah Islamiyah has new leader A young Indonesian militant trusted by al-Qaida is now in charge of Southeast Asia's regional terror group, Jema'ah Islamiyah, which remains dangerous despite more than 270 arrests since 2000, a top detective said Monday. Abu Dujana trained in Afghanistan with Hambali, a key regional militant now in US custody, and is known to be a "talented leader," according to Col. Petrus Reinhard Golose of Indonesia's counter terrorism task force.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 March 2006 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey shows prevalent conservatism Islamic conservatism is a growing force to be reckoned with across the country, with research indicating about 40 percent of citizens would support the replacement of state laws with sharia and one in 10 consider suicide bombings justified in some circumstances. A survey conducted in late January by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) found 40 percent of respondents approved of adulterers being stoned to death, 34 percent did not want to see another female president and 40 percent accepted polygamy.

Posted in Religion @ 17 March 2006 07:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rice praises 'success story' Indonesia US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised Indonesia's record on religious tolerance and democracy as hundreds of Islamic protesters yelling "Condeleeza go to hell!" denounced America's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rice, on her first visit to the world's most populous Muslim nation, lunched with her counterpart Hassan Wirayuda, and afterwards praised Indonesia as "an inspiration to the entire world" for its religious tolerance and democratic progress.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2006 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Taliban-style Islamic police terrorizing Aceh Dewi Haryanti was in a hurry. The 25-year-old was exchanging her hotel waitress uniform for street clothes for the trip to her second job at a boutique she owns with her sisters in the capital of Indonesia's tsunami-torn Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 12 March 2006 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Muslims rally demanding US pull out of Iraq, Afghanistan Thousands of Muslims rallied in front of the tightly guarded U.S. Embassy in Indonesia yesterday, demanding American troops leave Iraq and Afghanistan and calling U.S. President George W. Bush a terrorist. The protesters, many of whom were from the hardline group Hizbut Tharir, were kept well away from the mission, which is ringed by two concrete walls and barbed wire. Some 2,000 police stood watch and two water cannons stood by, but the rally ended peacefully.

Posted in Protests @ 06 March 2006 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asian Muslims vow new cartoon protests as anger spreads Asian Muslims angered by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed called new protests after prayers on Friday as dozens of protesters stormed a block housing the Danish embassy in the Indonesian capital. Afghanistan's president and the governments of Pakistan and Indonesia have all condemned the publication of the drawings in Denmark and then in other European newspapers.

Posted in Protests @ 03 February 2006 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 176 reactions


Indonesia to launch more polio campaigns in 2006 Indonesia will hold two more nationwide polio vaccination drives in 2006 to try to free its population from the disease, its health minister said on Tuesday, following advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Health workers across the world's fourth most populous nation last month vaccinated millions of children for the third time to ward off the crippling disease.

Posted in Polio @ 14 December 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Masked militant on Indonesia video threatens West A masked man believed to be one of Asia's most wanted militants has warned Western countries, especially Australia, of more attacks in a video found last week by Indonesian anti-terrorist police. The video was broadcast on Indonesia's Metro TV on Thursday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 November 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Security high after suspected top al-Qaida operative escapes Indonesia will raise security measures across the country to anticipate potential terror attacks following the escape of a suspected al-Qaida leader from a U.S. military prison in Afghanistan, local media reported Saturday. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said that top al-Qaida operative Omar al-Farouq could be preparing a plot against Indonesia because he had been apprehended in the Muslim country.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 November 2005 10:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials criticize U.S. over escaped terror suspect Security has been tightened at the U.S. military prison in Afghanistan following the escape of a suspected Al Qaeda leader, a U.S. official said Wednesday, as Indonesian terror officials accused Washington of failing to inform them of the breakout. Omar al-Farouq, born in Kuwait to Iraqi parents, was considered one of Usama bin Laden's top lieutenants in Southeast Asia until Indonesian authorities captured him in 2002 and turned him over to the United States.

Posted in Politics @ 02 November 2005 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. image builder blunders during debate Karen Hughes, who has faced a rocky road since being named Washington’s public relations chief, answered tough questions Friday about the invasion of Iraq, and wrongly stated that Saddam Hussein gassed to death ‘‘hundreds of thousands’’ of his people.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 October 2005 16:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


U.S. will extradite Hambali to Indonesia The United States will hand over terrorist suspect Hambali to Indonesia, AsiaNews reported Wednesday. Hambali was captured by U.S. Intelligence in 2003. The decision, which Jakarta greeted with some surprise, was announced Tuesday night by Henry A., Crompton. the Counter-Terrorism Coordinator of the State Department.

Posted in General @ 20 October 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bounty turns up heat on JI mystery man Southeast Asia's most wanted man is very similar to the terrorist groups he represents low profile, well travelled, little known and explosive. Dulmatin, now 35 and at the top of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) organisation, won notoriety last week when the US State Department's Rewards for Justice programme put a $10-million bounty on information leading to his capture or death.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia calls on religious leaders to help fight terrorism Religious leaders must condemn terrorism in the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia's vice president said Friday, after police warned that a new generation of Islamic militants were behind the latest suicide bombings on Bali island.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 October 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN health agency reports massive polio vaccination campaign With Indonesia's largest recorded polio epidemic now threatening a broad swath of countries across Asia, more than 750,000 vaccinators will fan out across the vast archipelago tomorrow on a two-day campaign to immunize more than 24 million children under the age of five, the United Nations health agency reported today. Indonesia had been polio-free since 1995, but since March, 225 children have been paralyzed, due to a poliovirus imported into the country earlier this year.

Posted in Polio @ 30 August 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Polio returns to remote villages in Indonesia Big tears stream down Siti Fauziah's cheeks as she snuggles her doll and buries her face into her mother's shoulder. She's lost her balance and fallen again, as the 4-year-old learns what it means to live with polio.

Posted in Polio @ 29 May 2005 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Should Miss Indonesia compete in swimsuit? Miss Indonesia has glossy black hair and a law degree, smiles constantly and talks about helping children. In many ways, she is the ideal Miss Universe contestant. But Artika Sari Devi faces one major obstacle in competing in the Miss Universe pageant May 30 - wearing a swimsuit. To Islamic clerics and many others, an Indonesian Muslim woman showing bare skin would be a public slap against Islam and a national embarrassment.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to vaccinate five million children in polio scare Indonesia has launched a massive vaccination campaign expected to reach more than five million children after detecting its first case of polio in a decade. A 20-month-old girl was diagnosed with polio on April 21 and authorities believe she came in contact with a migrant worker or tourist who had contracted the disease while outside the country.

Posted in Polio @ 03 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


African polio found in Indonesia Medics said today they had detected a case of the crippling polio virus in Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, indicating that an outbreak rooted in Africa has leapt the Indian Ocean.

Posted in Polio @ 03 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Asian-African summit opens in Indonesia The summit of Asian and African leaders, which will adopt a strategic partnership declaration that will be aimed at strengthening cooperation among countries of the two continents, began in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Talks: Indonesia for Pakistan's full affiliation with ASEAN President General Pervez Musharraf and his Indonesian counterpart Susillo Bamgbang Yothoyono agreed Thursday on augmenting their economic and trade relations through a joint business council with the host leader also supporting Pakistan's bid for full dialogue partnership with Association of South East Asian Nations.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ba'ashir found guilty of Bali bomb plot Fiery Muslim preacher Abu Bakar Bashir was found guilty of an "evil conspiracy" to commit the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings by an Indonesian court on Thursday and sentenced to two and a half years in jail. But the court found the 66-year-old cleric not guilty of involvement in the 2003 bombing of the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Jakarta that killed 12 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Banda Aceh battles raging fire A lack of water is preventing firefighters in Indonesia's tsunami-devastated city of Banda Aceh from getting close to a raging blaze. Firefighters say the fire, spanning at least three kilometers (1.5 miles), was possibly caused by residents burning garbage. The Associated Press reports that while no one was living in the area, about 100 former residents were in the vicinity trying to salvage belongings and looking for missing loved ones.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reaction to U.S. aid in Indonesia mixed In the world's most populous Muslim nation, not everyone is entirely happy to see Americans in helicopters handing out food and water to the hungry victims of last week's tsunami. Though Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday expressed hope that the sight of U.S. soldiers passing out aid would help ease anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, many Muslims say they cannot ignore that the same U.S. military that invaded Iraq and Afghanistan is now engaged in its largest operation in South Asia since the Vietnam War.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomber threatens to kill Bush, Sharon The mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings threatened yesterday to kill United States President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon if he ever gets out of jail, where he is waiting to be executed for his role in the attacks that killed 202 people. Imam Samudra made the comments as six militants jailed over the nightclub bombings had their sentences cut by two months in traditional pardons to mark Independence Day, the authorities said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 August 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Afghan hunger strikers hospitalised in Indonesia In Indonesia, 12 Afghans weakened by a hunger strike have been hospitalised in Cibinong, near the capital, Jakarta. They are receiving intravenous treatment and none are in a critical condition. The Afghans were stranded in Indonesia more than two years ago after they were intercepted on their way to Australia.

Posted in General @ 15 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protesting asylum seekers sew mouths shut At least 40 Afghan asylum seekers in Bogor, south of Jakarta, have commenced a hunger strike, with several of them reportedly sewing their mouths shut, to protest the United Nations’ refusal to grant them refugee status. "They are frustrated. But the United Nations has given them an exceptional hearing. The Afghans have been given every possible consideration," Steve Cook, head of the Jakarta office of the International Office for Migration, was quoted as saying Tuesday (10/8/04) by the Associated Press.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 August 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Free election marks crossroads for Indonesia Six years into the uncertainties of multiparty democracy, Indonesians are electing a new legislature Monday after a campaign shadowed by nostalgia for two former authoritarian rulers -- one dead, the other disgraced. President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government is struggling with economic weakness, secessionist rebellions and the emergence of Muslim terrorists. But there is little debate on economic policy or Muslim extremism, critical though these issues are to this sprawling country of 210 million people scattered across 17,000 islands.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorists plan attacks in Indonesia Two of Asia's most wanted terrorists are armed with explosives and planning fresh attacks on Western hotels and banks -- possibly disguising themselves as beggars and receiving shelter from fellow radicals, officials said. Malaysians Azahari bin Husin and Noordin Mohammed Top -- both alleged leaders of the al-Qaeda-linked Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and believed to have been key players in last year's Bali bombings that killed 202 people -- are the target of a massive manhunt following their narrow escape from a police dragnet in the West Javanese city of Bandung on Oct. 31.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Academician: Bush will change stance toward Islam The rector of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta, Azyumardi Azra, has expressed his optimism that U.S. President George W. Bush will change his attitude toward Islam. "We should have a positive presumption that the man (Bush) can change his attitude toward Islam," Azyumardi, on his way to Bali to meet Bush, told Antara on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 21 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gufron sentenced to death Another key defendant in the deadly Bali bombings was sentenced to death on Thursday, bringing the number of Bali bombers sentenced to die to three. The Denpasar District Court passed the verdict on Ali Ghufron, better known as Muklas, after finding him guilty of planning the attack that killed more than 200 people and injured more than 300 others last October 2002.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Bali bomb-maker planning more attacks The man accused of designing the bombs that rocked the tourist island of Bali last year and a Jakarta hotel last month plans to strike again in the Indonesian capital, the country's police chief said Tuesday. Azahari, a 46-year-old British-educated Malaysian engineer accused by authorities in several countries of being the top bomb-maker for the militant Southeast Asian Jemaah Islamiah network, is still on the run and one of the most wanted men in Asia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police HQs may be next bombing targets Amid their aggressive campaign to arrest suspected terrorists behind the string of bombings in the country, police revealed on Wednesday that terrorists were ready to strike back, with the National and Jakarta Police Headquarters on their priority list of targets. "The suspects that we arrested earlier confessed that they already had a plan to launch another terror attack in the capital," said National Police chief of detectives, Comr. Gen. Erwin Mappaseng.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Imam Samudra found guilty in Bali bombings An Indonesian court has found an Islamic militant guilty of masterminding the Bali nightclub bombings which killed 202 people last October. The sentence will be announced later - the Afghan-trained fighter faces the death penalty. Prosecutors said Imam Samudra commanded the group which carried out the attacks, selecting recruits and raising funds.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2 Bali bombing 'fund raisers' get 15 years imprisonment Two men who robbed a jeweller's shop to raise funds for the Bali bombings were each jailed for 15 years by different courts on Monday. Judge Ida Bagus Jagra found Andi Hidayat, alias Agus, guilty of "jointly with others providing funds for a terrorist action." The judge said Hidayat in August 2002 took part in a robbery of the shop at Serang in west Java in which 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) of gold jewelry and Rp5 million (US$600) in cash was stolen.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 September 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hambali unlikely to be tried in region The United States is unlikely to hand over Asian terror kingpin Hambali for prosecution in Southeast Asia despite evidence linking him to deadly bombings in the region, analysts said Monday. One week after his capture in Thailand, the whereabouts of Asia's highest ranking official in the al-Qaeda terror network remains a mystery although the United States, which played a key role in his arrest, says it has him in custody.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 August 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hambali caught in Thailand - Indonesia police source Indonesia hailed on Friday the capture of Muslim militant leader Hambali, suspected mastermind of last year's deadly Bali blasts, but a top cleric voiced fear that more militants would rise up to take his place. A Thai government minister said that Hambali had been flown to Indonesia to face charges there, but there was no immediate confirmation of this in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Imam Samudra faces death sentence over terror charges Imam Samudra, the man who allegedly picked two nightspots packed with foreign tourists as the Bali bomb targets, went on trial on four terrorism charges on Monday and could face death by firing squad if convicted. "Allahu Akbar!" (God is Greatest) shouted Imam Samudra as he took his seat at a court in this Indonesian resort island, where 202 people from 21 countries were killed last October 12.

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


Bali bomber: 'I knew Bin Laden well' A man who has confessed to being one of those who carried out last year's bomb attacks in Bali admitted yesterday having known Osama bin Laden, but said the al-Qaida chief played no part in attacking the Indonesian resort. Ali Ghufron, known as Mukhlas, was giving evidence for the prosecution at the trial in Jakarta of Abu Bakar Ba'aysir, the alleged spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), the group held responsible for the Bali bombings that killed 202 people last October.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 100,000 march in Jakarta Chanting "America imperialist, number one terrorist!" tens of thousands of protesters in Indonesia marched on the U.S. Embassy Sunday in what appeared to be this nation's largest anti-war demonstration to date. Estimates of the crowd's size ranged from 100,000 to 300,000. Many of the protesters were dressed in traditional Muslim attire and represented the country's largest Islamic groups.

Posted in Protests @ 30 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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