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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


Prabowo to strengthen anti-graft body if elected president Greater Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party Advisory Council chief and presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto has reiterated his intention to strengthen the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) if he is elected president.

Posted in Elections @ 03 April 2014 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks Kopassus to maintain profesionalism President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the Army`s Special Forces (Kopassus) to maintain professionalism in performing duties as the national special security forces.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2013 15:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A military command chief replaced The Indonesian Army Headquarters has replaced Maj. Gen Hardiono Saroso as chief of the Diponegoro Regional Military Command IV following the raid of a prison in Yoyakarta by Army`s Special Forces (Kopassus) members recently.

Posted in Military @ 06 April 2013 16:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military investigators in Yogyakarta over penitentiary killings A team of military investigators visited the Yogyakarta police command headquarters here on Wednesday in connection with the recent killings of detainees in a penitentiary in Sleman.

Posted in General @ 03 April 2013 17:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President sees penitentiary raid as attack on state authority President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the raid last week on a penitentiary in Cebongan in the district of Sleman, Yogyakarta, was an attack on state authority.

Posted in Politics @ 26 March 2013 14:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister condemns prison attack in Sleman Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsudin condemned the attack on Cebongan prison in Slaman, Yoyakarta, that killed four detainees at the wee hours on Saturday.

"The attackers are cruel people. They have damaged state facilities, attacked state apparatus and killed people cruelly," the minister said when he visited the prison on Saturday noon.

Around 17 armed men raided the Cebongan prison in the district of Sleman, Yogyakarta, early on Saturday and killed four inmates and wounded several wardens.

"As a minister of law and human rights I expressed my deep condolences to the victims` families and offered my apology for the failure of my personnel to protect them," he said when inspecting the penitentiary after the incident.

He expressed hope that law enforcers, in this case Yogyakarta police, would soon investigate and uncover the assailants who attacked wardens and cruelly killed four detainees. The minister said he had heard complete explanations on the chronology of the incident but he would not give details too far.

"We do not want to cause distortion in the (police) efforts to enforce the law. We only ask law enforcers to be serious and transparent. This is not a simple case as this happens for the first time in Indonesia," the minister said. He said law enforcers must investigate it first and no one may speculate on which group the perpetrators belong to.

"We hope that all sides would hold themselves and would not speculate," he said. The incident occurred following a clash in Hugo`s Cafe in the district days before that led to the death of a member of Army special force Kopassus.

The chief of the Yogyakarta regional police command, Brigadier General Sabar Rahardjo, said the four killed were "those involved in the clash in Hugo`s Cafe several days ago."

Posted in Violence @ 23 March 2013 21:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta warmed by morning sun after severe flooding The people of Jakarta terrorized by big floods on Thursday and Friday may breathe a sigh of relief when weather forecasters said there was no signs of a repeat of Thursday`s disastrous flooding at least for Saturday.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2013 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army special force command help Jakarta flood victims Personnel of the Indonesian Army`s Special Force Command (Kopassus) have been deployed to help evacuate flood victims in several parts of Jakarta. Kopassus Commander Major General Agus Sutomo said here on Thursday that he deployed among other things two detachments of personnel and two trucks.

Posted in Flooding @ 17 January 2013 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pindad: 'Military`s demand for ammunition increasing' The Indonesian Defence Forces` demand for ammunition has tripled this year, according to Adik Avianto, the president director of state-owned ammunition company Pindad.

Posted in Military @ 31 October 2012 20:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Chinese armed forces stage anti-terror exercise Indonesian and Chinese armed forces staged the "Knife Sharp 2012" anti-terror joint military exercise in an effort to strengthen the two countries` military relations and improve the efficiency of their anti-terror forces.

Posted in Military @ 03 July 2012 13:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ill-fated Sukhoi`s flight data recorder found The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) reported that local residents of Cijeruk have found the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) of the ill-fated Sukhoi Superjet 100 at the crash site on Mount Salak area, West Java Province.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 May 2012 09:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian team allowed to take part in further evacuation The Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has allowed a Russian search and rescue team to take part in further evacuation of the remains of Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash victims on Friday.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 May 2012 22:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sukhoi's black box found by Kopassus team The black box of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 that crashed at Mount Salak in Bogor, West Java, recently, has been found. A joint team members from the army's Kopassus special force and the Indonesia Rock Climbing Federation discovered the black box at the site of the crash on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 May 2012 18:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: Larger awareness for human rights concerns in Indonesia Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should raise military accountability for abuses, freedom of expression, and the rights of religious minorities during her visit to Indonesia from Thursday through Sunday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 July 2011 03:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends troops to free hostages from Somali pirates Indonesia's National Defense Forces (TNI) on Friday announced that it had deployed troops to rescue the 20 nationals that were captured by Somali pirates last month.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2011 01:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Australia could create joint anti-terror agency Indonesian and Australian defense forces are analyzing the possibility of creating a joint anti-terror coordinating body to fight terrorism, Indonesia's Antara news agency said Tuesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 06 April 2011 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US-backed elite Indonesian forces target churchmen and civilians A leading churchman in West Papua has called on President Obama to withdraw US cooperation with Indonesia’s elite ‘Kopassus’ forces, after finding himself on a military ‘enemies’ list. Kopassus soldiers murdered a previous ‘enemy’, Papuan leader Theys Eluay, in 2001.

Posted in Human rights @ 08 December 2010 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: 'Papuans tortured by Indonesian army' Indonesia's controversial special forces, which are trained by Australia, have been accused of new human rights abuses in the troubled province of Papua. In a report by US-based Human Rights Watch, off-duty members of the elite Kopassus branch of the Indonesian army are said to have tortured and abused Papuans.

Posted in Violence @ 26 June 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Search for survivors as Indonesia quake tops 3,000 Rescue workers dug desperately for survivors on Sunday as residents returned to ruined homes on Indonesia's densely populated island of Java a day after a powerful earthquake killed more than 3,000. Trucks full of volunteers from Indonesian political parties and Islamic groups, as well as military vehicles carrying soldiers, headed south from the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta to Bantul, hardest hit by the quake, to help in the effort.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia to resume training with elite Kopassus commandos Australian forces will resume training exercises with Indonesia's Kopassus elite commando force next year, Defense Minister Robert Hill said Sunday. The maneuvers will be the first since Canberra suspended joint training with the commando force known as Kopassus following widespread allegations the troops were involved in human rights abuses in East Timor ahead of the former Indonesian province's 1999 independence vote.

Posted in Military @ 11 December 2005 12:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesian army set for second Aceh troop pullout Indonesia's military will begin withdrawing 6,000 more soldiers from Aceh this week under the second phase of a landmark peace pact ending one of Asia's longest conflicts, a spokesman said on Monday. Aceh military spokesman Erie Soetiko said 650 troops would leave the province on Tuesday, the same day the armed forces expect former rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to complete the second phase of its weapons handover.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 October 2005 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A year later, Munir’s killers evade justice One year after a leading Indonesian human rights activist was murdered after boarding a flight from Jakarta to Europe, the Indonesian government has failed to properly investigate and prosecute those behind Munir Said Thalib’s death, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Politics @ 08 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Army general faces 10 years in jail over 1984 Tanjung Priok massacre Government prosecutors on Thursday demanded a 10-year imprisonment for an Indonesian army general charged with human rights abuses for the military's alleged role in the massacre of more than 30 Muslim protesters in 1984. Chief prosecutor Dharmono told Indonesia's ad-hoc human rights court in Jakarta that Maj.Gen. Sriyanto Muntrasan had been proven guilty of committing human rights violations in the massacre which occurred on September 12, 1984, in North Jakarta's Tanjung Priok slum neighbourhood.

Posted in Violence @ 08 July 2004 00:02 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


Australia renews ties with Indonesia military unit Australia said on Monday it had renewed military links with Indonesia's elite Kopassus unit to help fight terror in the region, despite previously banning work with the group due to its questionable human rights record. Australian Defence Force head Peter Cosgrove said Australia needed to cooperate with Kopassus because the special forces unit was responsible for counter-terrorism and hostage rescue in neighbouring Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Military @ 11 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


12 more rebels killed in Aceh At least 12 suspected separatist guerrillas were killed in several clashes in Indonesia's restive province of Aceh, a foreign news agency reported Sunday. The bulk of the deaths came in a clash between members of the special army Kopassus troops and rebels in Kandang, on the outskirt of the North Aceh district town of Lhokseumawe. Eight guerrillas were shot dead, Military Spokesman said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 07 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta withdraws forces from Papua The Indonesian military has started withdrawing its Kopassus special forces from Papua province where members of the elite unit have been linked to the murder of an independence leader two years ago, military officials said on Thursday. "The TNI will withdraw all Kopassus troops from Papua because the security situation there is improving," said Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) chief General Endriartono Sutarto.

Posted in Military @ 02 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trial opens in death of Indonesia activist Seven Indonesian special forces soldiers went on trial before a military court on Friday on charges of killing of an independence leader in Papua, Theys Eluay, in 2001. If found guilty, the seven could face up to 15 years in jail. The defendants include Lt. Col. Hartomo, the highest ranking solider on trial in the case. The other defendants were Chief Pvt. Ahmad Zulfahmi, Capt. Rionardo, Chief Sgt. Asrizal, 1st Lt. Agus Supriyanto, Maj. Doni Hutabarat and 1st Sgt. Laorensius.

Posted in Crime @ 03 January 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military fires mortars at Aceh rebels Separatist rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province, surrounded for more than a week in swampy terrain by some 1,000 government troops, said on Monday the military fired mortars at the group to make them surrender. The military confirmed the weekend attack at Paya Cot Trieng village in North Aceh despite previously saying it would give the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels several more days to surrender.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 11 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The lively tinkle of the grand piano, the sound of the bass, and the beat of the drums by the Bill Heid Trio generated a warm atmosphere at the official residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America, Ralph L. Boyce, on Jalan Taman Suropati, Jakarta, on September 19. The performance of the famous jazz group—which often graces the stage of the John F. Kennedy Center, a prestigious cultural showplace in Washington—mesmerized the American diplomats. They were carried away by the beat of the music, tapped their feet, and sipped champagne. Boyce, no mean drummer and guitarist himself, was all smiles as he jammed with the band.

Posted in General @ 27 September 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


Three Kopassus officers accused of murder A high-ranking military officer said on Friday that three officers of the Army's Special Force (Kopassus) had been accused of violating Article 338 of the Criminal Code for killing Papuan leader Dortheys Hiyo Eluay last year. Deputy chief of the National Military Police Brig. Gen. Hendardji also underlined that the three were guilty of insubordination, considering that "there had never been any order from their superiors to kill Theys." He further said that Aristoteles Masoka -- Theys' driver and the only known key witness, was presumed dead.

Posted in Crime @ 27 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends 1,800 troops to Aceh Indonesia dispatched 1,800 specially trained troops to rebellious Aceh on Tuesday to replace soldiers stationed in a province where guerrillas have been fighting for independence for decades, reports Reuters. The troops, all wearing camouflaged jungle uniforms, left by boat from Jakarta and included more than 400 members of the feared Kopassus special forces unit.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 03 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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