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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


Suryadharma: 'Not to resign as religious affairs minister' Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali stated on Friday he will not resign, although he was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 21:59 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


Minister: 'Govt considering to freeze Greenpeace Indonesia' Justice Minister Amir Syamsudin said the government is studying the possibility of freezing Greenpeace Indonesia due to various violations it has made so far. "We will see the stages for it. We hope the bill on mass organizations could give the answer. In essence foreign organizations must submit to laws effective in our country," he said.

Posted in Politics @ 02 August 2012 22:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sports minister denies receiving Rp20 billion from project Youth and Sports Minister Andi Mallarangeng denied he had received Rp20 billion in connection with the sports complex development project in Hambalang, Bogor, West Java.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 May 2012 18:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Forestry ministry rejects claims of APP logging ramin woods Director General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation of the Forestry Ministry Darori said there were no logging activities by the Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) company in the Kalimantan and Riau provinces, in response to an accusation from environmental NGO Greenpeace.

Posted in Environment @ 21 May 2012 16:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Culture preservation, tourism push to go hand in hand The preservation of culture and tourism promotion could go hand in hand, Culture and Education Deputy Minister Wiendu Nuryanti said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 08 May 2012 17:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police arrest 12 alleged separatists At least twelve men believed to be members of the separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM) have been arrested after an alleged series of violent attacks in the restive region of Papua, Indonesian police said on Friday.

Posted in Protests @ 25 November 2011 12:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia deploys more troops to Papua amid unrest The government of Indonesia on Tuesday deployed hundreds of troops to Papua where tensions remain high amid protesting Freeport workers and renewed manifestations by separatist groups.

Posted in Protests @ 25 October 2011 18:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police chief shot dead at airport in Indonesia's Papua A local police chief was attacked by two men and then killed at an airport in Indonesia's restive Papua province on Monday, police said. Separatist rebels were blamed by police.

Posted in Crime @ 24 October 2011 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gerindra: Partai Demokrat may have Rp 47 t in deposit Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) advisory council member Permadi has alleged that the Democratic Party has kept Rp 47 trillion (4 billion euro) in bank deposits accumulated from donations given by party cadres and partners.

Posted in Politics @ 29 May 2011 02:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia denies allegations of dolphin, whale hunting Indonesia on Wednesday denied accusations that whales and dolphins were being hunted down in Indonesian waters, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Environment @ 19 May 2011 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono accused of corruption on Wikileaks Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday was accused of abusing power and influencing judges, according to leaked cables obtained on Wikileaks and published on Australian media. The reports published were published Friday in Australia's The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and were based on Wikileaks' sources of diplomatic notes sent by the U.S. Embassy to Washington, D.C.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 March 2011 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim cleric Baashir denies funding al-Qaeda in Aceh cell Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Baashir on Thursday denied charges accusing him of funding the terrorist cell known as al-Qaeda in Aceh cell operating in Indonesia, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 February 2011 16:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former police chief faces 7 years in prison for corruption Indonesia's former National Police chief of detectives is now facing a 7-year prison term for accusations of accepting a Rp 500-million (40,000 euro) bribe and embezzlement charges regarding security funds, the Jakarta Globe reported Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 February 2011 05:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pop star faces 12 years in prison for sex tape scandal Indonesian pop star Nasriel Irham on Monday appeared in court after two homemade sex tapes released on various websites resulted in him being charged under Indonesia's 2008 Anti-Pornography Law.

Posted in General @ 22 November 2010 17:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The big clean-up of the Borobudur temple After a series of delays, the management of the ancient Buddhist temple Borobudur, in Magelang, began the process of cleaning volcanic ash from the temple grounds on Friday, hoping to complete the operation in less than a month.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 November 2010 10:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blue taxi's on Bali to disappear? Bali's Transportation, Information and Communication Department is not prepared to make comment regarding widely publicized allegations in island's press that the well known Blue Bird taxi fleet is operating illegally under licenses owned by the now defunct PT Bali Praja Transport.

Posted in General @ 31 January 2010 06:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


If you can't compete, banish them Following accusations leveled by Kuta residents and widely reported in the Bali press that the newly opened Tune Hotel on Jalan Ciung Wenara in Kuta was contaminating ground water with fuel oil, the two low cost hotels in Bali affiliated with AirAsia have come in for more sharp criticism, this time by local legislators who question both the hotel's environmental practice and its destructive impact on the market mechanism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 December 2009 01:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Release of wiretaps fuels corruption debate Yesterday, hours of recorded wiretaps were broadcasted live on Indonesian television when showed in the Constitutional Court after months of accusations between the national police and the corruption watchdog KPK. The tapes involve key law enforcement officials and put even more pressure on president Yudhoyono to defend his anti-graft credentials.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 November 2009 05:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court chief: 'Drop investigation on KPK leaders' The chief of the Constitutional Court, Mahfud M.D., has asked the national police to drop an investigation into deputy chiefs of the Corruption Eradication Commission KPK, Chandra Hamzah and Bibit Samad Rianto if no solid evidence was found. Mahfud said that he doubted that the commission leaders had really committed crimes an asked the police to publicly back up their accusations.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 September 2009 04:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A warning for Megawati and Kalla The advocacy team of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Boediono sent a strong warning to the team of Jusuf Kalla-Wiranto and Mega-Prabowo, telling them to prove all of the alleged manipulation and violations during the 2009 Presidential Elections. "We ask that all the complaints are presented with their evidence," said Amir Syamsuddin, an attorney for the team.

Posted in Politics @ 05 August 2009 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President's relative faces 4-year jail term for corruption Indonesian prosecutors demanded four-year jail term for a relative of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in connection with a scandal of embezzling over 100 billion rupiah (some 71 million euro) of central bank funds, local media reported. Aulia Pohan, the former deputy of Indonesia's central bank, stood trial along with three other former top officials of the bank at the anti-graft court in Kuningan in South Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 June 2009 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court clears Suharto son in civil graft case A court on Thursday rejected a civil case against the youngest son of former presidet Suharto for alleged corruption and awarded him 550,000 dollars in a countersuit he filed, judges said. The move provoked an outcry among activists in Indonesia who have been fighting to bring the relatives of Suharto, who died last month aged 86, to justice over alleged graft.

Posted in Crime @ 29 February 2008 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilots concerned over Indonesia airlines Four years ago, young pilots lined up to join a new contender in Indonesia's booming aviation industry. But at least 20 left Adam Air within months, citing concerns that poor maintenance, corruption and rule-bending could lead to a crash - charges the airline denied. "I didn't want to wait until I had lost my friends," said Feisal Banser, 30, a former Adam Air flight captain who knew several crew members on a passenger jet that crashed Jan. 1 with 102 people on board.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Report: Indonesia to file civil charges against Suharto The Indonesian attorney-general's office plans to file a civil lawsuit against former president Suharto by the end of this month, the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday. The Jakarta Post quoted Attorney-General Abdul Rahman Saleh as saying his office was still calculating how much money it aimed to seize from Suharto. "I don't know the exact amount. One thing for sure, it's a lot of money," he said.

Posted in General @ 06 January 2007 12:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


IAEA chief says Indonesia nuke plant a go The world's top nuclear regulator said Indonesia qualifies for nuclear energy, saying it is open with its plans, especially compared to Iran. Mohammed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in Jakarta the country has complied with nuclear nonproliferation treaty stipulations.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2006 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes frontline in World Bank battle against corruption Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of America's invasion of Iraq and its ambitions to reshape the world, was President George Bush's controversial choice to take the reins of the World Bank last year. Mr Wolfowitz, despised by many for his policies but admired for his intellect, ignored the furore over his appointment, waiting 12 months to make his first major policy pronouncement. Its location, Indonesia, and his warning of rampant corruption undermining global aid and development efforts, was almost as ambitious and controversial as his attempts to re-engineer the Middle East.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sri Lanka: 'Weapons for Tigers coming through Indonesia' Sri Lanka has informed the Indonesian authorities of its suspicions that weapons supplied for the Tamil Tigers are being sent illegally through Indonesia. An Indonesian Cabinet Minister told media, “We don't need to get upset. It's only an accusation and they (Sri Lanka) ask us (to cooperate).”

Posted in General @ 29 October 2006 13:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Djoko: TNI doesn't have a 'coup culture' Chief of Indonesian National Army, General Djoko Santoso said that the Indonesian National Army did not have a 'coup culture'. "The army belongs to the people."

Posted in Military @ 02 October 2006 07:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrators attack relief agency office in Aceh About 700 protesters attacked the office of the relief agency in Indonesia's tsunami-hit province of Aceh on Wednesday, an Indonesian officer said. The protesters, who had camped outside the office since Tuesday night, attacked the building in two waves of strikes, on Wednesday morning and in the afternoon, injuring one policeman, the officer told Xinhua in telephone from the province on condition of anonymity.

Posted in Violence @ 21 September 2006 10:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mystery mud swallowing villages An ever-expanding ten-mile square lake of hot oozing mud has already forced up to 10,000 people from their homes in Indonesia, after a deep-bore drilling operation went terribly wrong somehow. The drilling company, Lapindo Brantas, has admitted responsibility for the gigantic, bubbling torrent of noxious mud, which has already destroyed twelve factories and seven villages in East Java. However, they are refusing to explain exactly why the Earth is spewing unstoppable toxic goop, citing an ongoing police investigation.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 12 September 2006 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The gray ooze that ate the villages Nothing, it seems, can stop the mud. For more than three months, the hot, noxious goop has spewed up through a crack in the earth at a natural-gas exploration site, swamping everything in its path. The expanding, surreal gray lake with the stench of rotten eggs has enveloped more than 10 square miles of land in eastern Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island. The flow has forced 8,000 to 10,000 people from their homes, engulfed about a dozen factories, contaminated fish farms and intermittently closed a major highway.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 10 September 2006 14:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY denounces Timor Leste PM for linking unrest with Indonesia Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday denounced Timor Leste Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri for accusing pro-Indonesia militiamen of involving in the bloody riots in the tiny country in the last few weeks. Susilo said Alkatiri's remarks could spark a new problem in the bilateral ties between Indonesia and its former province, which seceded in 1999 under a U.N.-sponsored referendum and gained independence three years later.

Posted in Politics @ 06 June 2006 08:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Doctor: Suharto's condition deteriorates Former Indonesian President Suharto's condition has deteriorated after further internal bleeding, but the long-time ruler is fully conscious, one of his doctors said on Saturday. Suharto, 84, who ruled Indonesia for 32 years, was admitted to hospital more than a week ago because of bleeding in his digestive system, which lowered his body's oxygen level, including to his brain.

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


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

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


Solutions sought for decline in orangutan population The government says a comprehensive assessment process is underway on the plight of the orangutan due to mass deforestation, but it will avoid scaring off foreign investors. Minister of Forestry Malam Sambat Kaban said over the weekend that his office was in talks with other authorities and the government of Malaysia on the decreasing number of orangutans -- Asia's only great ape -- which are only found in Kalimantan, parts of Malaysia and Brunei, and in Sumatra.

Posted in Environment @ 17 October 2005 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christians face proselytism charges in Indonesia Three evangelical women in Indonesia are facing charges which could to prison for allegedly contravening a law against “Christianisation”. They have been accused by a chapter of the Indonesian Council of Muslim Clerics of trying to get Muslim children to convert to Christianity through “the use of lies, deception or enticement.”

Posted in Human rights @ 25 July 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


24 terror suspects arrested in Indonesia The Indonesian police arrested 24 Muslim militants during the raids in central java province. 12 of the 24 suspects arrested today, were apparently trying to escape by flying abroad. The Muslim militants will face a 7 days detention without accusation, according to the Indonesian anti- terrorism law. Police will release official details after this period.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 July 2005 15:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby urges judges to free her With her voice breaking, Schapelle Corby has made a last-ditch plea to three Indonesian judges to let her go free, claiming she was an innocent victim who had been punished enough.Before a packed Denpasar court decorated by her family and friends with yellow freedom ribbons, Corby denied any involvement with drugs and said her only crime had been to leave her luggage unlocked.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Huge cigarette investment lights up prospects of economic revival Suwarno drags deeply on his kretek cigarette, the scented fumes swirling lazily in the Indonesian sunshine. Strong and cheap, the exotic smoke leaves him a little dizzy, but each lungful could take his country nearer its long overdue economic recovery.

Posted in Economy @ 20 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono slams foreign funding rumour Indonesian presidential frontrunner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono rejected on Tuesday rumours he and his party have received foreign funding. Ex-general Yudhoyono, who topped the July first-round presidential vote with 33.6 percent in a field of five, faces incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri in a Sept. 20 run-off after failing to win a clear majority. As he fended off accusations of foreign backing Yudhoyono's campaign was boosted by further defections from the powerful Golkar party, a partner in Megawati's coalition.

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


Wiranto says political opponents behind arrest warrant Indonesian's ex-military chief Wiranto has formally announced his presidential candidacy whilst dismissing an arrest warrant issued against him by an East Timor judge as "character assassination." "There are several pieces of information that are behind these charges, there clearly is an involvement of political activities in this country," Wiranto told reporters.

Posted in Elections @ 12 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police declare Bashir terror suspect Indonesian police have named Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir a terror suspect and are focusing on possible links to the Bali blasts and his alleged leadership of an Al Qaeda-linked militant group, officials said on Friday. The 65-year-old Bashir is in jail for immigration offences and is due to be freed on April 30, but the latest legal moves would allow police to keep him under detention.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors urge arrest of Wiranto Prosecutors in East Timor have intensified their push for the arrest of former Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) commander Wiranto, citing "voluminous" evidence that he failed to prevent crimes against humanity in the territory in 1999. The deputy general prosecutor for serious crimes last Thursday (19/3/04) filed a 92-page court brief to the UN-sponsored Serious Crimes Unit in support of its application for the issuance of an arrest warrant against Wiranto.

Posted in Crime @ 24 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar rejects its old image Growing resentment against calls to become loyalists of former president Soeharto has led the former dominant party, Golkar, to exercise a good measure of damage control in its campaigns by removing itself from symbols of the past regime. Soeharto was the main patron of Golkar and calls from a political party set up by his former aide, R. Hartono, for people to again become the second president's loyalists has provoked indignant cries of rejection. Hartono made the call when campaigning for his Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PPKB) in Soeharto's hometown of Yogyakarta, just as campaigners for Golkar said that the past years have been better than the current "reform" period.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The power behind the throne smiles. Mr Taufik Kiemas, the garrulous husband of President Megawati Sukarnoputri, sips hot Javanese tea and munches kueh lapis as he talks animatedly about his wife's impending re-election. He should know. The 59-year-old Sumatran-born business tycoon is the dalang or puppet master in the courts of power, working quietly behind the scenes to build alliances and destroy her foes.

Posted in Politics @ 24 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military takes two rebel islands in Aceh province Indonesia's military said Friday it captured two islands from separatist rebels in Aceh province, while thousands of refugees fled fighting elsewhere in the region. The military said in a statement that it had killed 58 guerrillas during the five-day offensive, up from the 38 it reported earlier Friday. The statement gave no more details, but clashes occurred in several parts of the province Friday, rebels and witnesses said. Rebels say 12 of their fighters have been killed, along with 53 civilians.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh clashes in Aceh, curfews possible Indonesian troops fought rebels across six different parts of jungle-clad Aceh province on Thursday, as officers considered imposing night curfews on flashpoints in the region. The military said it had killed several more separatists on Thursday, taking the total since Monday to 16. It said a district rebel commander had also surrendered on Wednesday, the second senior separatist to do so in a week.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebels tracked in dense jungle and villages Indonesian troops fanned out in thick jungle and villages across Aceh on Thursday in search of rebels. Earlier the military said it had killed four separatists overnight, taking the total since Monday to 12. A spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) insisted no separatists had been killed and accused the military of murdering nearly 50 civilians. The military denied killing non-combatants.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia launches air and sea offensive against rebels Indonesian troops launched a major offensive against separtist rebels in Aceh province just hours after the breakdown of peace talks in Tokyo and the imposition of martial law. More than 1,000 elite soldiers landed in the province by sea and air in an operation to "destroy" the Acehnese rebels in what was expected to be Indonesia's biggest military operation since its invasion of East Timor in 1975. The talks in Tokyo broke down when the rebels rejected Jakarta's demands to lay down their weapons, drop their independence bid and accept regional autonomy. The rebels vowed to resist any attack by the military and to fight on for independence.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh resigned, unhappy as war looms Standing by stacks of fruit he sells in Aceh's capital, Maimum does not share Indonesia's confidence a new military operation will be more successful than past efforts to defeat rebels who have fought for independence for decades. "It will go on for a long, long time," Maimum said on Tuesday, a day after a government deadline passed for talks between the two sides, and Jakarta said a big military offensive against Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels was inevitable.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Monitors pull out of Aceh More than 50 monitors - most of them from Thailand and the Philippines - have left for the nearby North Sumatran capital of Medan, according to the Geneva-based Henry Dunant Centre (HDC), which brokered a peace deal in the province last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 12 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) were supposed to meet in Geneva on April 25 to restore peace in the restive province. The meeting was scheduled by the Geneva-based Henry Dunant Centre, which had acted as the 'facilitator' of the peace treaty between Jakarta and GAM in December last year.

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


Bomb injures 11 at Sukarno-Hatta Airport A bomb ripped through a crowded terminal at Jakarta's main airport Sunday, wounding 11 people and sending hundreds of passengers fleeing from the building. One of the wounded was seriously injured in the explosion, which occurred between a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet and a ticket counter for Indonesia's national carrier, Garuda. It sent shards of broken window glass flying and tossed rows of chairs across the terminal.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta talks tough on Aceh Indonesia has threatened to resume full combat operations in restive Aceh province as fresh clashes between troops and rebels killed four people, putting yet more strain on a shaky peace pact. The security minister said the military chief would present a battle plan to the president next week -- in case it should be needed -- after what he said was a snub from the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to talk about the December 9 peace agreement.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mediator: Decrease in civilian killings The killing of civilians has dropped sharply in Indonesia's Aceh province since the signing of a landmark peace accord between the central government and rebels, a Geneva-based organisation that brokered the deal said. The Henry Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue said that in the four weeks since the agreement was signed, there had been 11 unconfirmed civilian deaths connected to the conflict. That compared to an average of 87 reported civilian killings a month for most of last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 04 January 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to launch anti-terror coordination desk A special unit linking the police, the military and several ministries will start work Monday to coordinate Indonesia's fight against terrorism. The 42-member "Anti-Terrorism Coordination Desk" will be headed by a senior policeman rather than a soldier. A deputy to top security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said this is to avoid accusations that the military "is taking into its hands matters outside its scope of duties."

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 Explosive used in Bali blast contains RDX: Investigators Bali Police chief Brig. Gen. Budi confirmed on Wednesday that that based on the chemical traces found in and around last week's blast scene in Legian, Kuta tourist resort in Bali, investigators concluded that the explosive used contained RDX (Cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine), and its HBX and nitrate variants. "We found RDX traces on the huge crater caused by the explosion in front of the Sari Club. We also found the residue of that chemical compound on the clothes and bodies of several witnesses," Budi said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 October 2002 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cleric files slander lawsuit against Time magazine An Islamic preacher in Indonesia is filing legal suit against the American magazine Time because he says it slandered him by calling him a terrorist. Abu Bakar Bashir is suspected by the United States and some Asian governments of being a terrorist ringleader in Southeast Asia. Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir says the accusations made against him in Time magazine are "lies and slander."

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Voter perceptions of the qualities of individual leaders appear to play an important part in Indonesian elections, according to the earlier mentioned survey. Megawati Soekarnoputri was the clear favorite of voters according to our data, and probably pulled the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI Perjuangan) along with her. The difference between the former Indonesian Nationalist Party's (PNI) 22 percent in 1955 and PDI Perjuangan's 34 percent in 1999 is almost certainly due in part to Megawati's appeal. Various actions of Megawati, such as her support for the reelection of Governor Sutiyoso in Jakarta, have been widely condemned. Many local observers also claim that she will be hurt by the slowness of economic recovery and by evidence that she is unwilling to fight corruption.

Posted in Politics @ 17 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


If you think flooding in Jakarta is a new phenomenon you couldn't be more wrong. For hundreds of years, perhaps even longer, the area where the capital is situated has been plagued by annual flooding.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eleven killed in fresh armed conflict in Aceh At least 11 people were killed in an armed clash in the strife-torn province on Wednesday night, local police spokesman Adj. Comr. Sudharsono said on Thursday. Eight of the 11 victims were killed in an alleged ambush by a group of 13 members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) at the village of Darul Aman, Simpang Kiri district in South Aceh, Sudharsono said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto family: ready to surrender Tommy Indonesian police say the family of former President Suharto have offered to hand over his fugitive millionaire son, Tommy, to serve his jail sentence for corruption. Jakarta police chief Inspector-General Sofjan Jacoeb said he had received word from the former president's daughter, Tutut, saying her younger brother, would be surrendered "in a short period of time."

Posted in Crime @ 10 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tension mounts in Indonesia In recent weeks thousands of Wahid's supporters particularly in his home province of East Java have formed paramilitary squads. They have announced plans to come to the capital before the parliament votes on Wahid's fate at the end of this month. A difficult time awaits him. But what worries international observers is the prospects of instability and violence in the country. Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid, currently embroiled in a crisis to remain in the office, has warned that a "nationwide rebellion" would erupt if the parliament attempts to impeach him on corruption charges. He said more than 400,000 people from across the main island of Java and southern end of Sumatra were ready to come into the capital to protest against moves to oust him from presidency.

Posted in Politics @ 24 April 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mass demonstrations today Around one hundred thousand supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) plan to stage a grand meeting and demonstration themed " Aspirations of the Jember People" at the town square in Jember, East Java, today. The ulemas and religion`s figures will pray for the country currently suffering unabated political disturbance caused by the actions of the political elite to prioritize their respective group`s interests. Deputy chairman of the organizing team, Abdul Muis, said this meeting will provide `concrete evidence` that Jember people are consistent in supporting Abdurrahman Wahid as Indonesia`s President until 2004. He said that Wahid is the constitutionally chosen President. As such, if unconstitutionally ousted from power in the middle of his term, the action will destroy the basic system of the country.

Posted in Protests @ 13 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nation is in worst condition since 1945, says Megawati Deploring the growing climate of violence in the country, Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri on Friday said that the country currently found itself in its worst state since independence in 1945. "We are now going through the worst times we have experienced in the last 56 years," Megawati said while addressing a ceremony marking the start of National Press Day and the 55th anniversary of the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) at the Surakarta Press Monument.

Posted in General @ 10 February 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Massive protests expected at House on Thursday Thousands of people, supporters and opponents of President Abdurrahman Wahid, are almost certain to flock to the House of Representatives building on Thursday when the House plenary session is scheduled to discuss two scandals linked to the President. Among them are at least 5,000 students from various universities in Java, including the University of Indonesia (UI), Trisakti University and the Bandung Institute of Technology.

Posted in Protests @ 01 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spectre of violence looms over Indonesian political row The Indonesian press on Tuesday warned that a political dispute over an investigation into two financial scandals implicating President Abdurrahman Wahid could lead to bloodshed. Thousands of anti-Wahid students on Monday tried to force their way into the parliament complex where legislators were debating the results of an investigation by a parliamentary commission into the scandals.

Posted in Politics @ 30 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The deadly Christmas and New Year bombings in Indonesia and Manila, which killed 40 people and left hundreds injured, have Indonesians and Filipinos puzzled. Is radical Islam, they wonder, entering a dangerous new phase in Southeast Asia? Or is Islamic militancy, as police investigators and analysts now seem convinced, merely a convenient cover for politically powerful rivals bent on using terror campaigns in their struggle for supremacy?

Posted in Politics @ 25 January 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House defers, not defuses, row with President The House of Representatives, under pressure to defuse tension with President Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid, has temporarily deferred further moves against the head of state as it begins a three-week recess on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 25 July 2000 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Glodok erupts after raids on pirated VCDs Rioting broke out in the capital's predominantly ethnic- Chinese business district of Glodok on Saturday morning after police raided street vendors selling pirated video compact discs (VCDs). At least four shops in the Harco Glodok electronic goods shopping center and several others along with two automobile showrooms on nearby Jl. Gajah Mada and Jl. Hayam Wuruk were set alight and vandalized. Looting was also reported from some of the shops affected.

Posted in Violence @ 14 May 2000 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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