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Minister: 'Cockpit voice recorder already lifted' The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the doomed AirAsia QZ8501 has already been lifted, Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan stated here on Tuesday. It is yet to be confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) whether the retrieved CVR actually belongs to the AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 January 2015 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US Navy works with Indonesia to protect sunken gravesite US Navy underwater archeologists, in conjunction with Indonesian Navy divers, have assessed in an interim report that the wrecked vessel surveyed in the Java Sea in June is "consistent with the identification" of the World War II wreck of the cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), and that divers documented conclusive evidence of a pattern of unauthorized disturbance of the gravesite.

Posted in History @ 19 August 2014 13:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP prepares against Prabowo-Hatta`s evidence of fraud The Indonesias Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) will prepare documents for KPU against presidential candidate pair Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasas evidence of fraud during election following their filing of lawsuit with the Constitutional Court.

Posted in Elections @ 25 July 2014 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto: 'Abduction of activists Prabowo`s personal initiative' Former defense minister and commander of the then Indonesian armed forces, retired General Wiranto, stated here on Thursday that the kidnapping of activists in 1998 was the personal initiative of Prabowo Subianto. Prabowo, then commander of the armys special Kopassus forces, had taken the initiative and had personally admitted it, Wiranto said.

Posted in History @ 19 June 2014 18:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK questions Anas again as suspect in bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) reinterrogated former ruling party general chairman Anas Urbaningrum here on Wednesday, for his alleged involvement in a bribery case linked to the Hambalang sports complex development and other projects. Anas has been held at the KPK detention center since January 10.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 January 2014 19:47 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


Police accused of being most corrupt The police expressed its gratitude to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday for saying that the police are the most corrupt, but denied that there was any truth in the statement.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 September 2013 16:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


East Timorese kidnapper of French boy in court The trial of the Timor Leste woman charged in the attempted kidnapping of a 2-year-old French boy in June has commenced at the Denpasar District Court.

Posted in Crime @ 26 August 2013 03:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh kidnappers set free British hostage A gang of armed criminals on Thursday set free an expatriate Marcom Primsore (62) from Britain after being held for two days in the forest of East Aceh.

Posted in Crime @ 13 June 2013 19:16 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


Police release photos of dead terror suspects National Police officers have released the photos of seven terror suspects shot dead in Bandung, West Java, Kebumen and Kendal, Central Java here on Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 May 2013 18:35 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


BNN discovers a new drug in Raffi Ahmad investigation The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) discovered a new drug after carrying out urine tests on Raffi Ahmad, an artist, and his friends, on Sunday.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 January 2013 18:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN investigates 17 people on drug charges The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) will continue to investigate 17 people arrested at the house of artist Raffi Ahmad in Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta, on Sunday morning on charges of abusing drugs, a spokesman said.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 January 2013 01:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police officers suspected of being drug dealers arrested Pekanbaru`s police have arrested four army servicemen and three police officers suspected of being members of drug trafficking syndicate in Riau. Pekanbaru police spokesman Sr. commissioner Adang Ginanjar said the seven suspects were arrested separately.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 November 2012 17:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of terrorist suspect belongs to Jipo Police confirmed that the body of a terrorist suspect killed during a firefight with police Densus 88 anti-terrorist squad in Poso belongs to M Choiri alias Jipo alias Iben hailing from Bima, West Nusa Tenggara.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2012 15:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll of Mamasa floods rise to 14 The number of dead victims of flash floods and landslides that hit East Batangharu village, Mamasa district, West Sulawesi province on Thursday, has until Sunday risen to 14 while three others are still reported missing. Mamasa District Head Ramlan Badawi said here on Sunday that besides the 17 victims, two others were still in the local healthcare center for a medical treatment.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 November 2012 11:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta metropolitan police arrests human smuggler Jakarta Metropolitan Police personnel has arrested a people`s smuggler from Uzbekistan, Salim Mustafa alias Theodoros Ioannis alias Musaev Samir, listed as Interpol`s wanted people (DPO).

Posted in Crime @ 11 June 2012 16:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Identification process of air crash's victims complete The Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Team has completed the identification process of all remains of the ill-fated Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100)`s victims.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 May 2012 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Identification of air crash victims to be completed in July The identification of the victims of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 air crash is expected to be completed in mid-July, at the earliest. "Our estimation is that all remains will be fully identified in mid-July," Head of the Russian Forensic Team Prof Andrey Kovalev said here on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2012 16:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian DNA expert helps identify Sukhoi crash victims A Russian DNA expert has arrived here to assist in the identification of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 victims. Professor Paprov Ivanov joined the national police`s Disaster Victim Identification team on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 May 2012 12:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Identification of Sukhoi crash victims may take months While the evacuation of Sukhoi Superjet-100 crash victims is still underway, the victim`s identification may take months because many of their bodies are no longer intact, head of the police medical and health center (Pukdokkes) Senior Commission Anton Castilani told the press at the police hospital in East Jakarta Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 May 2012 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescue team evacuates 12 bodies from crash site The rescue team is evacuating 12 bodies of the crashed Sukhoi Superjet 100 victims from the crash site to a temporary helipad in a nearby evacuation post.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 May 2012 15:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Identification of Sukhoi victims may take 2 weeks It will take at least two weeks to identify the passengers of the crashed Sukhoi Superjet 100, because of a DNA test. "The DNA test process might take at least two weeks' time," said Anton Castilani, Indonesian Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Chief Police Commissioner at Halim Perdanakusumah airport in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 May 2012 12:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thirteeen bus passengers killed in fire taken by families Thirteen passengers killed in a fire in a PO Yanti Group bus in Jorong Ulu, Limapuluh Kota district in West Sumatra early on Tuesday have been taken by the IR families.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 May 2012 19:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Social media used as human trafficking tool Human-trafficking offenders remain resorting to using the social media to kidnap more victims."Presumably, the human trafficking actors are now seeking their victims using the social media such as Facebook, Twitter and many more," said the secretary of the Women Empowerment and Children Protection Ministry, Sri Danti, here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 11 April 2012 02:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police take DNA sample of terrorist suspect family member Police have taken the DNA sample of a family member of one of the terrorist suspects killed in Bali recently, in their efforts to assure the identification of the suspects.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 March 2012 15:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Abraham Samad elected new KPK chief Abraham Samad was elected as the new chief of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for the period 2011-2015 here on Friday. Samad won 43 votes out of 56 from members of the House of Representatives` Commission III, defeating present KPK chief Busyro Muqoddas and other candidates.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 December 2011 06:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian church bomber identified as wanted terrorist The Indonesian suicide bomber who attacked a protestant church in Central Java on Sunday has been identified as a wanted terrorist, authorities said on Tuesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 September 2011 00:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NU: 'Suicide bombing can never be a form of jihad' A regional spokesperson of Nahdlatul Ulama (PWNU), the second largest Islamic organisation in Indonesia, has said that a suicide bombing could never be a form of jihad ('inner battle', but popularly 'holy war') because you hurt yourself and others during that act.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 September 2011 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Police arrests another suspect in mosque bombing Indonesia's National Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Central Java man suspected of being involved in the bombing of the mosque in a police compound.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 May 2011 17:25 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


Former Social Minister over a year in prison for graft Former Social Affairs Minister Bachtiar Chamsyah on Tuesday was sentenced to over a year in prison for graft in the procurement of goods for victims of natural disasters in Indonesia.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2011 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian man admits to raping nearly 100 children A 33-year-old Indonesian toy salesman has confessed to raping 96 boys after local authorities arrested and questioned the man, local media reported on Friday.>Sartono, reportedly from Cirebon on Java Island, was arrested last Sunday as initial reports indicated that he had raped 39 boys.

Posted in Crime @ 14 January 2011 04:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former diplomat faces 3 years in graft case State prosecutor with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) demanded a three year prison sentence for former Foreign Ministry secretary general Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat in an alleged corruption case related to the renovation the Indonesian embassy in Singapore in 2003.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 January 2011 10:31 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


Identity and gender of mutilated body still unknown The identity and gender of the mutilated body that was found in the Kalimalang canal is not known yet. Police investigation is ongoing at several locations where body parts were found. The police has also visited a few places where waria ('man-woman', in general men dressed up as women) for their extended investigation.

Posted in Crime @ 02 April 2010 03:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua separatist Kelly Kwalik killed by police Kelly Kwalik, the leader of the separatist movement in the easternmost region of Papua in Indonesia has been shot dead by the Indonesian police in a shootout. Kwalik was shot when he tried to escape during a police raid in the town of Timika in the province. Kwalik was on the most-wanted list in Indonesia for many years.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 December 2009 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI member admits watching porn For days members of the well-known masked white-robed Islamists of Front Pembela Islam ('Islamic Defenders Front') held demonstrations against a comedy film which is currently being produced because one of it's actors - Japanese porn star Maria 'Miyabi' Ozawa - has a leading roll, allthough not naked at all.

Posted in Religion @ 11 October 2009 10:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


DNA test confirms Noordin M. Top indeed dead A DNA test performed on the body of the terrorist of which the finger prints matched those of wanted Islamist militant Noordin M. Top have confirmed that he was indeed killed in a police raid. Earlier this week, anti-terrorist police raided a house in a village near Solo in Central Java, killing four and arresting three others.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 September 2009 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HEAD OF POLICE: 'NOORDIN M. TOP IS DEAD' The head of the national police, Bambang Hendarso Danuri, has confirmed that Noordin M. Top, the most wanted terrorist in Southeast Asia, has been killed in a raid near the city of Solo in Central Java earlier today. "The fingerprints we took from one of the terror suspects' bodies matched those of Noordin that we obtained from Malaysia. We found similarity in at least 14 points, which is a justifiable proof," told Bambang during a press conference at the National Police Headquarters.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 September 2009 12:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Former Mujahidin activist: 'My child is not a terrorist!' That terrorists are strange people might be nothing new to you, but the hype of denial is reaching new hights every single day. Fortunately for PKS member of parliament Anugerah, he was forgotten instantly when it became clear that the child of a former member of the Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia ('Mujahidin Council Indonesia', MMI) is wanted because of his involvement to last months suicide bomb attacks in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 August 2009 13:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


POLICE: MAN KILLED IN TEMANGGUNG WAS IBROHIM Police in Indonesia said that a DNA test on the body of a man killed in the anti-terrorism raid in Temanggung last Saturday showed that the body was not terrorist mastermind Noordin M. Top. The body was identified by police as being the body of Ibrohim, who worked as a florist in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Jakarta which was the scene of a twin attack on July 17, 2009.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 August 2009 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Aljazeera: 'Killed terrorist not Noordin M. Top' Television station Aljazeera claims that it has received information from a source within the Indonesian national police force that the body of the person that was killed during the anti terrorism raid in Temanggung, Central Java, last Saturday is not that of terrorist Noordin M. Top. The police however suspects that the person killed is Noordin M. Top and DNA testing should soon conclude whether he was killed or not.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 August 2009 08:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


DNA test only way to proove Noordin M. Top was indeed killed The only way to find out who was killed in the raid by Indonesian anti-terrorist forces of Densus 88 yesterday in Temanggung Central Java, is by testing DNA. For now the police does not want to say a word about this test. Wawan Purwanto, a specialist on police matters says that it is very important that the final result of any test is made public as soon as possible. "Residents will always wonder about this," he said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 August 2009 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian prince demands more money from Manohara The Syariah High Court yesterday allowed Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Sultan Ismail Petra - or just 'the prince' - to amend his debt claim from his wife, Cik Puan Temenggong Manohara Odelia Pinot - or just Manohara - from RM972,750 to RM1,112,250. Judge Mohd Yusof Awang set October 5 for a re-mention of the case and gave Manohara 14 days before the date to file for her defence.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 03 August 2009 05:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Mysterious ‘yawning fish’ discovered in Maluku Until January 2008, no one knew it existed, or if they did, they weren’t talking. A husband and wife team who were part owners of a dive shop in Ambon City, Indonesia, along with the shop’s dive guide, took the first known photos of the fish. They shared the photos with Ted Pietsch, a marine scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, who said last year that the critter appeared to represent an unknown family (in the biological-classification sense) of angler fish.

Posted in Environment @ 25 February 2009 04:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15-year-old girl kidnapped to work as whore in Malaysia The police has discovered a network in which people get kidnapped before they are 'sold' when they are sent to neighboring countries as an Indonesian foreign worker. A young girl from Lampung, South Sumatra, was forced to work as nothing more than a sex slave in Malaysia. This case only became known when the victim, only known as S.S., was able to escape before reporting the situation to the Pontianak police in West Kalimantan.

Posted in Crime @ 23 January 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Aceh rebel leader returns from exile to Indonesia Tengku Muhammad Hassan di Tiro, top leader of the former separatist organization Free Aceh Movement (GAM), arrived in Aceh Saturday from his exile, police said. He was greeted by enthusiastic people in Aceh as he and entourage passed by in the streets, said Tengku Adnan Brangsa, an aide of Tiro and the spokesman of the local party the Partai Aceh.

Posted in General @ 11 October 2008 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia returns 4 smuggled orangutans to Indonesia Four orangutans, which were most likely abducted from the jungles of Borneo, have been returned to Indonesia on Friday after spending several years in a zoo in Malaysia and a theme park. Two of the great apes, Dodi and Linda, were send to a zoo in the state of Malacca for four years after wildlife officials seized them from another location on the suspicion that they had been smuggled to Malaysia, told Mohamad Nawayai Yasak, the director of Malacca Zoo.

Posted in Environment @ 28 September 2007 14:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso residents fear alleged arrival of millitants Residents of the troubled Muslim town of Poso, in Central Sulawesi province, have expressed concern over allegations that jihadist paramilitary troops have left Java and are due in Poso, where another police raid led to the arrest of two suspected terrorists on Thursday. The latest raid followed two more in January that left 17 Islamic militants dead. Levi Bagu, resident of the Kapompa Village, Labuan, Poso, is worried that the arrival of militants could unsettle Poso even more. "I just want to live in peace," Bagu told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 03 February 2007 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel spill may be new clue on missing Adam Air jet Indonesian rescue workers scouring the seas for a commercial airliner that went missing two weeks ago have found a fuel spill believed to be from the doomed jet, an official said on Monday. Small pieces of the Adam Air Boeing 737-400 that vanished from radar screens on New Year's Day with 102 people aboard have been found in the past few days floating in the sea or washed up on beaches off the west coast of Sulawesi island.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 January 2007 11:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Surveillance plane makes emergency landing An Indonesian Air Force surveillance plane used to search for the Adam Air Boeing 737-400 plane believed to have gone missing in West Sulawesi made an emergency landing at the Balikpapan air base in East Kalimantan on Wednesday due to bad weather. "After it took off at around 06.00 am central Indonesian time and did a search (for the missing aircraft), the plane stopped its flight due to bad weather," spokesman of the Indonesian Air Force Headquarters Air Commodore Daryatmo said on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 January 2007 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House not yet able to eradicate internal corruption The accountability and transparency mechanism of the House of Representatives (DPR), carried out by the DPR Honorary Board, is not thorough enough to eradicate corruption taking place within parliament. “The Honorary Board handles more issues that are related to public morality, such as Yahya Zaini,” said Adnan Topan Husodo, a member of the Working Board of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW).

Posted in Corruption @ 13 December 2006 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh votes to decide life after war More than 2 million people are expected to vote in Indonesia's once-rebellious Aceh on Monday in landmark elections aimed at bolstering a peace deal between the government and separatists. Jakarta and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) signed the Aug. 15, 2005 truce under Finnish mediation to end almost three decades of fighting that had killed 15,000 people since the rebels launched a struggle for an independent state on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island.

Posted in Elections @ 11 December 2006 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu kills nearly 600 chickens in West Java Indonesian authorities have warned of a major bird flu outbreak in the West Java town of Kuningan after 596 chickens died of the disease in August, an official said Tuesday. Local officials said bird flu attacks were found in two districts, namely Cigugur and Darma. "The 596 chickens died of bird flu based on rapid tests (at the scene) and laboratory tests," said Nana Adnan, head of the West Java veterinary office.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 September 2006 04:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI prepares to execute three convicted in Bali bombings Indonesia is preparing to execute three men convicted in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, as their lawyers plan to lodge appeals next month. Imam Samudra, Amrozi and Ali Gufron have been on death row for more than two years since being convicted of playing key roles in Indonesia's worst terrorist attack.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 July 2006 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia: the ongoing militant threat The Australian government issued an advisory April 20, saying militants planned an attack against Indonesia that day and warning against all nonessential travel to the country. Although warnings for a specific date can be triggered for various reasons, such as the anniversary of a past attack, they are unusual. In this case, then, either Australia believed it had credible intelligence on an imminent attack -- or intelligence services simply lost sight of a suspect they believed was in the late stages of an attack operation. Although the day passed without incident, there is reason to believe the threat remains.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 April 2006 08:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia warns of possible attack in Indonesia Australia issued a new travel warning for Indonesia on Friday, talking of the possibility of an attack against Westerners this Sunday. "Recent reports suggest Sunday 2 April 2006 could be a potential date for attack but we emphasise that attacks could occur at any time, anywhere in Indonesia," the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 March 2006 11:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Depok, Tangerang named 'dirtiest' cities The government announced a list of the country's dirtiest cities for the first time on Friday in a bid to encourage municipal administrations to clean up their acts, and their heavily polluted urban areas. Previous governments had only made the names of the cleanest cities public.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2005 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Azahari’s body only to be released after probe The Indonesian police will only release terrorist Dr Azahari Husin’s body to his family after completing their investigations. However, it is not immediately known if any request has been made by Dr Azahari’s wife to claim the body. National police spokesman Soenarko Danu Ardhanto said there were certain procedures to follow.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2005 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Watchdog: Press freedom in Indonesia improving Indonesia has made further progress in terms of press freedom over the past 12 months, according to Reporters Without Borders' 2005 Worldwide Press Freedom Index. According to the index, made public late last week, Indonesia is ranked 102nd, out of 167 countries surveyed. The country was ranked 117th last year.

Posted in Media @ 24 October 2005 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 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


More suspects held over Tentena bombings Police have arrested six more people they believe are involved in the Saturday bombings in Tentena, Central Sulawesi, with suspicions now surfacing that some of the alleged perpetrators were linked to a riot in a neighboring province last year.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 02 June 2005 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia defends restrictions in Aceh Indonesia said on Thursday restrictions on aid workers in Aceh were for their own safety in a province troubled by a decades-old insurgency, and voiced readiness to sit down with the rebels to seek a cease-fire. As aid agencies and Indonesian government officials put the limitations into effect, palpable signs emerged that the devastated region was beginning to pull itself together after the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Little lady of Flores forces rethink of human evolution A new human-like species - a dwarfed relative who lived just 18,000 years ago in the company of pygmy elephants and giant lizards - has been discovered in Indonesia. Skeletal remains show that the hominins, nicknamed 'hobbits' by some of their discoverers, were only one metre tall, had a brain one-third the size of that of modern humans, and lived on an isolated island long after Homo sapiens had migrated through the South Pacific region.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia welcomes release of hostages in Iraq Indonesia has today welcomed the release of two of its nationals who had been held hostage in Iraq, and reiterated earlier warnings for all its citizens to immediately leave the war-torn country. “This is a happy ending,” Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda said. “Often cases like this end in disaster.” The two women, Rosidah binti Anan and Rafikan binti Aming, were handed over to the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Baghdad last night.

Posted in General @ 05 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms two women hostages taken in Iraq Two Indonesian women working for a British company in Iraq were among 10 people kidnapped by an Islamic militant group, officials in Jakarta confirmed on Friday. Indonesian foreign ministry officials said the women, who were pictured wearing Muslim headscarves in video shot by the militants and aired on Arabic television, were from Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional court overturns anti-terror law Indonesia's constitutional court has overturned the country's tough anti-terror law. Friday's decision casts doubt on recent convictions, in particular those involving the deadly bomb attack on the island of Bali in 2002. In a five to four majority decision, the judges ruled that Indonesia's anti-terror law is unconstitutional. The decision could affect the convictions of more than 30 alleged terrorists, including the men convicted of killing more than 200 people in the Bali nightclub bombing of 2002.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clashes as Muslim cleric re-arrested on terrorism charges Supporters of Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir clashed with police outside a Jakarta prison in an effort to prevent his re-arrest as a terrorism suspect at the end of his jail term yesterday.The violence came as police said they had a stronger case against the alleged south-east Asian terrorist leader than 18 months ago, when he was tried for treason but convicted only on immigration violations.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


19 parties reject election results Nineteen Indonesian political parties rejected the results of the April 5 parliamentary election, saying the process had been riddled with problems. "We have decided to reject the election results and demanded that they be cancelled," a spokesman for the group, Adnan Buyung Nasution, told a press conference after a meeting of representatives from the 19 parties. "There were too many cases of negligence and mistakes," Nasution said.

Posted in Elections @ 11 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar passes PDI-P, rivals reject tally Golkar Party has narrowly overtaken President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), with more than 60% of the votes from the April 5 general election now counted. While analysts are predicting Golkar will surge further ahead as results continue to come in from the outer provinces, 19 other parties have said they will reject the election outcome because of rampant irregularities and alleged polling violations.

Posted in Elections @ 11 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain 23 during protests ahead of elections in Makassar Police said they detained 23 demonstrators in South Sulawesi province Saturday during protests across the country ahead of Monday's general elections. The protesters in Makassar, the South Sulawesi capital, were demonstrating in front of the local elections commission office, provincial police spokesman Andi Nurmantahia told AFP by telephone. "They had no permission," he said, adding that intelligence officers were questioning 23 of the protesters.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto era continues to cloud Indonesia's political life A.M. Fatwa, the deputy speaker of Indonesia's parliament, has cause to be angry. In 1984, after protesting against the massacre by soldiers of Islamic activists near Jakarta's port of Tanjung Priok, he was arrested, tortured and then spent nine years in prison, five years under house arrest and wrote 13 books highlighting the abuses of the 32-year rule of the former president Suharto.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


319 civilians killed in troubled Aceh As many as 319 civilians have been killed in Indonesia's troubled province of Aceh, with 108 others listed as missing since an all-out military offensive was launched on May 19 aimed at crushing the 27-year-long rebellion, police officials said today. Senior Adjunct Commissioner Sayed Hoesaini, spokesman of Aceh's police, blamed the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) of being responsible for the killing of civilians.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US terror warning for Indonesia THE United States today warned that terrorists could be plotting new attacks against its citizens and interests in Indonesia, and warned Islamic rebels may also try to kidnap Americans. In an updated travel warning for the country, the US State Department said that the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) group still had Americans in its sights after attacks on a Bali nightclub last year and a US-run hotel in Jakarta earlier this month.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 August 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia claims 15 rebel deaths in Aceh Indonesia's military said Thursday it killed 15 insurgents in new fighting in Aceh province, and the rebels said they have detained two local journalists. The guerrillas disputed a claim by the military that it controls all of Aceh six weeks into its latest anti-insurgency offensive. The separatists threatened new attacks in coming days. The media pair, a cameraman and reporter for Indonesia's RCTI station along with their driver, were detained on Sunday in the east of the province.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 03 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soldiers search for more bodies in Aceh after 20 corpses found Soldiers and civilians worked Friday to recover more bodies from two mass graves in Indonesia's Aceh province, where the military is fighting a separatist insurgency, officials said. Twenty bodies were recovered earlier this week at two sites in the central Aceh villages of Guci and Krueng Pase, police say. Villagers have told authorities there may be as many as 300 bodies in the graves.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 28 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian attacks on rebels continue Hundreds of paratroopers jumped into combat while warplanes swooped in to fire rockets at a suspected rebel base in the hills outside the provincial capital. Staged more for TV cameras than for tactical needs, the spectacular attack last Monday launched Indonesia's biggest military operation since it invaded East Timor in 1975. But a week into the campaign against separatist rebels in Aceh province, the fighting already looks a lot like the guerrilla war that people here have endured for 27 years, one marked by few strategic victories and allegations of widespread rights abuses.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sees no early victory in Aceh Indonesian forces clashed Wednesday with separatist rebels in the western province of Aceh, where the military said its campaign could take up to six months. The military says it has killed 15 GAM fighters since the offensive began, while GAM has estimated 20 civilians have been killed by the operation. No independent confirmation was available.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia uses UK Hawks in Aceh offensive Indonesia launched its much-anticipated military offensive against separatists in Aceh province yesterday with displays of "shock therapy" on land, at sea and in the air. It was intended as a demonstration of what the rebels can expect from Jakarta's latest operation to crush the 27-year insurgency.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: Key Aceh rebel defects Indonesia said on Tuesday a senior rebel commander in Aceh province had defected as thousands of government troops geared for a military strike on the separatists. A rebel spokesman denied the government claim, saying Amri bin Abdul Wahab, one of several regional separatist commanders, had been kidnapped in the local capital Banda Aceh.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh peace monitors office torched A mob of about 200 people torched an office belonging to international peace monitors in Indonesia's Aceh province on Sunday, officials said. No one was injured in the fire in Langsa in East Aceh. It was the second time demonstrators have burned down an office of the Geneva-based Henri Dunant Center since the deal aimed at ending a 26-year insurgency was signed on Dec. 9 in Geneva.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 06 April 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


American companies feel impact boycotts Companies that were once proof of American entrepreneurial skill are having to retreat in the face of a boycott by Muslims of US products in protest against the US's support for Israel. Although it is not sanctioned by Muslim governments, which are fearful of American reprisals, the boycott has hit such American giants as McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Starbucks, Coke and Pepsi.

Posted in General @ 08 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomb victims cremated Body parts belonging to victims of the Bali bombings were cremated, in a simple ceremony on the Indonesian resort island. The remains, most of them belonging to Westerners, were collected from the scene of the October 12 blasts on the island that killed 202 people, including 24 Britons.

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


World War II bomb kills 8 in Maluku Eight people were killed when a bomb left over from World War II exploded in a village in eastern Indonesia, local police said Thursday. The blast occurred Wednesdy in Hila village, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Ambon, the capital of Maluku province, police Maj. Max Alfons said. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion. But Indonesia's northeastern islands have seen a number of deadly explosions of old ordnance in recent years.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali explosions death toll rises to 190 The confirmed death toll from the devastating bomb blast in Bail has risen to 190, officials said here on Tuesday. The final toll could be much higher, as forensic scientists continue trying to match fragments of body parts, and several bodies were believed to have been reduced to ash by the intensity of the explosions and fire.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 October 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Three bombs caused Bali carnage The terror attack in the Indonesian resort island of Bali was caused by three bombs, one of them inside a nightclub and two outside another club, Indonesian police said. One was placed inside the Padi Club near a disc jockey's stand and two others outside the nearby Sari Club in Kuta district, national police deputy spokesman Brigadier General Edward Aritonang said in a statement.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 October 2002 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali death toll set to rise The number of people killed in the Bali terrorist bomb attack will far exceed the official death toll of 186, officials said on Friday. Many of the bodies recovered from Saturday's blast and the ensuing fire that completely destroyed the Sari Club and Padi bar in the Indonesian island's central Kuta district were charred beyond recognition or blown to pieces.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 October 2002 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Laskar Jihad Muslim militia disbanded Laskar Jihad, a Muslim militia group that has sent members to help Muslims battle Christians in the Maluku islands and elsewhere has disbanded and begun withdrawing from the strife-torn region, Wirawan Adnan, the group's lawyer, said on Tuesday. "Laskar Jihad disbanded last week," Wirawan Adnan told AFP."We deem that its existence is no longer needed since the government has realized that separatism exists in Maluku," he said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 15 October 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Armed with an M-16 machine gun, Sergeant Juwono was—literally—cornering the market. The Indonesian soldier stood along a main road in war-torn Aceh province selling bumper stickers commemorating the country’s upcoming Aug. 17 Independence Day. He stopped every car driving north and gave a simple but effective sales pitch: buy a sticker or else.

Posted in Military @ 26 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


11 injured by grenade in crowd Eleven people were injured when a hand grenade was thrown into a crowd gathering to celebrate Indonesia's Independence Day, in the troubled province of Aceh, police said. Police said none of the injuries was serious. The blast occurred on a soccer field about an hour before the morning ceremony was due to begin, police said. Rebels in Aceh - on the northern tip of Sumatra - have been fighting for independence since 1976.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Indonesian government will soon decide whether to impose a state of emergency in Aceh, the rebellious and resource-rich region on the tip of Sumatra island. But if Jakarta were serious about ending the separatist rebellion in Aceh, it would not be talking about a military solution. It would be talking instead about ending corruption, upholding the law, and making the conflict less profitable for all parties concerned. Now more than ever, the war in Aceh is about money, and no one is clean. An autonomy law, adopted last year, has created a giant slush fund for provincial officials from oil and gas revenues, with no effective controls over how the money is spent. Every day, the local press carries stories about misspent funds, missing budget allocations, suspected cronyism, or crooked contractors.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Indonesian government currently finds itself at a major crossroads over its policy towards Aceh, the province on the northern tip of Sumatra where separatists have been waging an armed struggle for independence since 1976, driven on by decades of broken promises of greater autonomy from successive regimes in Jakarta. On the surface the options are relatively simple. Plan A would be to cancel the intermittent negotiations, impose a formal state of emergency and let the armed forces (with the elite Kopassus special forces very much in the vanguard) do whatever is necessary to crush the Free Aceh Movement (Gam).

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 11 July 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh faces state of emergency Indonesian Military Commander Gen. Ryamizard Ryacudu said that in line with the president's instructions, the military and police in Aceh would take tough action against members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). Indonesian press reports quoted the official news service Antara as saying the government had exhausted avenues for dialogue with GAM, adding that murders and kidnappings carried out by the separatists amounted to "acts of terorism."

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful bomb discovered in Bandung super mall An active high-powered bomb was found in the basement of a seven-storied super mall, the Bandung Plaza Indah, which was crowded with shoppers in the West Java capital of Bandung on Thursday. The local police confirmed that the bomb was the second found over the last five days with unclear motives. The first one, of a similar type, was found in a public place in the city on Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SUHARTO: A Political Biography

Posted in Politics @ 29 March 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The past 12 years have hardly been normal for Suraiya Kamaruzzaman. As a women's rights activist in conflict-torn Aceh, intimidation and terror have been part of the 33-year-old's daily life.

Posted in Politics @ 30 December 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security in Aceh intensified ahead of Gus Dur visit The government said on Wednesday that they were beefing up security in Aceh ahead of President Abdurrahman Wahid's visit to the troubled province on Tuesday. "We are going to clean up places that are going to be visited by the President three days before he arrives," National Police Chief Gen. Surojo Bimantoro told journalists before a Cabinet meeting at Bina Graha presidential office.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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