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

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


Prabowo's electability unaffected by human rights issue Political observer from Pelita Harapan University (UPH) Emrus Sihombing has opined that human rights issue will not affect the electability of Prabowo Subianto, the presidential hopeful from Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) party.

Posted in Politics @ 03 April 2014 16:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono denies using state facilities for his campaign Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono denies the allegation of using the states presidential facilities for the campaign of his Democratic Party (PD). "I did not use the presidential facilities in any of my campaign," the president clarified in his office, Jakarta, Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 April 2014 19:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President denies using state budget for campaign President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has denied allegations that he is using state money and facilities for his campaign activities in various regions.

Posted in Elections @ 28 March 2014 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Intelligence agency denies having wiretapped Jakarta governor The State Intelligence Agency (BIN) has denied allegations of having wiretapped Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, emphasizing that it has no interest in eavesdropping on the governors activities.

Posted in Politics @ 25 February 2014 00:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia apologizes for breaching Indonesian waters Australia apologized to Indonesia on Friday for naval breaches of Indonesian territory as part of Canberra’s controversial policy of stopping boats carrying would-be asylum seekers from entering its waters.

Posted in Politics @ 17 January 2014 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangerang mayor: 'My wealth comes from God' South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany remained philosophical on Wednesday after digesting the news that her husband, Tubagus “Wawan” Chaeri Wardana, would be charged with money laundering over his alleged involvement in a crooked medical equipment procurement scheme. “One’s job, wealth and challenges all come from Allah and belong to Allah,” she said.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 January 2014 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Banten Governor charged with extortion The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said on Monday it had sufficient evidence to add extortion to the list of charges facing Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah. “From the development of the case, investigators have found new corruption allegations concerning Ratu Atut,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi said in Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 January 2014 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


400 police personnel guard Anas at anti-graft office Jakarta Metropolitan Police deployed 400 personnel to safeguard the arrival of former ruling Democratic Party (PD) chairman Anas Urbaningrum at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) here on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2014 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Banten governor Ratu Atut charged with graft Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chief Abraham Samad has announced that Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah has been named a suspect in a graft case connected to allegations of bribery in the Lebak regent election dispute.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 December 2013 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian, Australian foreign ministers hold meeting Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa meets with his visiting Australian counterpart Julie Bishop, here on Thursday at noon, to discuss ways to repair relations between both countries amidst spying allegations. The on going closed-door meeting is at the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry office building.

Posted in Politics @ 05 December 2013 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono receives Abbott`s response letter to wiretapping President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has received a letter from Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott responding to spying allegations conducted by Australia in 2009.

Posted in Politics @ 23 November 2013 21:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Antigraft body questions governor over alleged corruption The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned Banten Provinces Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah on Tuesday over her alleged involvement in corruption during the procurement of medical equipment for the province. "I will give a clarification to the KPK about these allegations," Ratu Atut stated before entering the KPK building for the interrogation.

Posted in Corruption @ 19 November 2013 14:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia recalls ambassador to Australia The Indonesian government has recalled its ambassador to Australia to express its disappointment over the recent wiretapping incidents. "We have recalled the ambassador to Australia in Canberra for consultation and to receive information on what is happening in Australia," Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said during a press conference on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 19 November 2013 08:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mayor of South Tangerang next in line for KPK investigation The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has launched an investigation into alleged corruption in the administration of South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diani, the sister in-law of the controversial Banten Governor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 October 2013 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


House speaker disagrees with dissolution of Densus 88 House Speaker Marzuki Alie said he disagreed with the dissolution of the Densus 88 anti-terror squad, saying its presence is able to minimize terror acts in Indonesia. "If Densus 88 has weaknesses, it is the weaknesses that should be improved, its institution should not be disbanded," the House Speaker said here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 01 March 2013 23:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No plan to report alleged extortionists to KPK: Dahlan Minister for State Enterprises Dahlan Iskan said he has no plan yet to report lawmakers he accused of extorting or seeking to extort money from state companies to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Posted in General @ 21 November 2012 12:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono appoints Nafsiah Mboi new Minister of Health President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has named Nafsiah Mboi as the new health minister to replace minister Endang Sedyaningsih, who recently died from cancer.

Posted in Politics @ 13 June 2012 11:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Team to probe into three migrant workers` deaths Indonesia`s foreign ministry has set up a team to investigate the death case of three migrant workers in Malaysia, following allegations from the workers` families that some organs have been removed from the dead bodies.

Posted in Crime @ 24 April 2012 18:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military officers face up to 15 years for human smuggling Five military officers and a civil servant are facing up to 15 years in prison for their alleged role in human smuggling which led to the deaths of around 200 asylum seekers off the coast of East Java in Indonesia, local media reported on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2012 05:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesian Islamic groups stone ministry over alcohol sales Members of Indonesia's hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) on Thursday stoned the Ministry of Home Affairs in Central Jakarta after the minister accused religious groups of "spreading lies" during an ongoing dispute over alcohol sales, local media reported on Friday.

Posted in Protests @ 13 January 2012 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Ministry denies Borobudur to be taken off UNESCO`s list A senior Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry official has denied allegations that the ancient Borobudur Temple in Central Java is to be scrapped from UNESCO`s world cultural heritages list.

Posted in History @ 13 November 2011 02:31 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


Four killed after gunmen attack bus in Papua At least four people, including an army officer, were killed on Monday in an ambush by suspected separatists in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2011 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 17 dead as rival political groups clash in Papua At least 17 people were killed on Sunday in a clash between two rival political groups in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province, police said.

Posted in Politics @ 31 July 2011 19:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono not running for third term in 2014 Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday announced that neither he nor a member of his family would run for the 2014 presidency.

Posted in Politics @ 09 June 2011 15:39 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


Police investigating NII for alleged subversion The National Police are investigating the Indonesia Islamic State (NII) movement over allegations of subversion, or planned subversive activities, as has been alleged by a number of its former members. National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said on Friday that the police could not act against the NII without sufficient evidence.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2011 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police backs govt efforts tackle Islamist movement Indonesia's national police says it is ready to back up the religious affairs ministry in efforts to prevent propagation of the Islamic State of Indonesia (NII) movement. "To prevent more potential victims, cooperation with the ministry is needed," national police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo said Thursday.

Posted in Religion @ 06 May 2011 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister makes impromptu visit to Cipinang Penitentiary Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar made an impromptu inspection of Cipinang Penitentiary in East Jakarta, one of the penitentiaries being used to hold 19 former legislators who have been named suspects by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in a bribery case.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 January 2011 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian governor indicted on corruption charges A governor of Bengkulu province on Sumatra in Indonesia was indicted on Monday on corruption charges involving over $2 million, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2011 19:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former deputy wants KPK to take over Gayus' case The case of graft suspect Gayus H. Tambunan has now become the most embarrassing case ever for Indonesian law enforcement , according to former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Erry Riyana.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 January 2011 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian minister denies allegations of raping Indonesian maid Malaysian Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim on Wednesday denied the allegations that state he raped his Indonesian maid four years ago, local media reported.

Posted in Crime @ 06 January 2011 04:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian lawmaker denies requesting 100 billion bribe  Indonesian lawmaker Muhammad Hatta on Wednesday denied allegations that he requested a Rp. 100 billion ($11.11 million) bribe, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 December 2010 01:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terror unit deals out own terror Australia has sent an official to the Indonesian province of Maluku to investigate claims that Indonesia's elite counter-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, which Australia and the US train and fund, brutalised a group of separatists last month, repeatedly beating and abusing them in detention.

Posted in Violence @ 13 September 2010 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Numberi embroiled in affair scandal Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi has denied rumors romantically linking him with an unnamed TV news reporter. The hearsay has been circulating after online news portal Rakyat Merdeka Online on Wednesday broke the story, in which Freddy’s wife, Anni Numberi, allegedly confirmed her husband was having an affair with a newswoman.

Posted in Politics @ 03 September 2010 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


HRW: 'Prosecute abusive soldiers in civilian courts' The Indonesian parliament should enact a pending bill that would permit civilian authorities to investigate and prosecute soldiers responsible for crimes against civilians, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to a key lawmaker released today.

Posted in Human rights @ 24 April 2010 03:14 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


Illegal levies sought at Bali's Tourism Office NusaBali has broken a story indicating large-scale unofficial payments being made to the Badung Tourist Office (Dispar Badung) in connection with the issuance of licenses for hotels, restaurants and bars in the regency.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 December 2009 07:23 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


Anti corruption watchdog chief named suspect in murder plot The head of Indonesia's powerful anti-corruption watchdog, Antasari Azhar, has been named as a suspect in the Mafia-style execution of a senior executive, amid allegations of a love triangle gone wrong. But Azhar's lawyer has dismissed the notion his client masterminded the murder of Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, describing it as a conspiracy to destroy a graft-busting crime fighter.

Posted in Crime @ 04 May 2009 08:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Kuta residence project accused of zoning violation Bali Post reports that the Kuta Residence Condominium project on Jalan Majapahit in Kuta has become the center of a debate between local residents, Bali legislators and representatives of the local zoning authority.

Posted in General @ 08 December 2008 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian authorities plan uniforms for accused corruptors There is growing criticism of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's decision not to dismiss two senior ministers, implicated in a Bank Indonesia corruption scandal. The situation has been further complicated in recent weeks by allegations that the father-in-law of President Yudhoyono's eldest son was approving the bribes.

Posted in Human rights @ 13 August 2008 15:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


U.N. body says torture widespread in Indonesia A UN rights body says Indonesia's police, armed forces and intelligence services routinely torture and degrade criminal suspects to extract confessions. The U.N. Committee Against Torture says it is "deeply concerned about numerous ongoing credible and consistent allegations" of abuse in the Indonesian justice system.

Posted in General @ 17 May 2008 03:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Call to demolish illegal villas in Tabanan regency The Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) in Tabanan is calling on the Regent and Governor to demolish illegal luxury villas built in the Tabanan Regency of Bali.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2008 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to vote for first elected governor Up to six million voters are expected to take part in the first direct democratic elections for governor of the Indonesian capital Jakarta today. Fauzi Bowo, who represents 19 political parties, is favoured to win over Adang Daradjatun, his only opponent in this election.

Posted in Elections @ 08 August 2007 04:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights group: 'Police killing, raping civilians in Papua' Security forces killed and beat unarmed civilians, raped women during operations against separatists in the province of Papua according to Human Rights Watch. Police chief General Sutanto denied any abuses were taking place in the remote region where mistrust between indigenous people and security forces runs high after years of military crackdowns.

Posted in Crime @ 05 July 2007 17:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeks extradition of 15 executives from Singapore Indonesia will seek the extradition of 15 businessmen believed to be hiding millions of dollars in stolen state funds in Singapore, according to the new Attorney General Hendarman Supanji. In his first statement since being appointed last Tuesday, Supanji said authorities had compiled a list of suspects. No names were released, but local media identified them as being Indonesian Chinese who owned commercial banks when the banking system collapsed in 1997.

Posted in General @ 10 May 2007 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yusril snaps back over corruption query During an interview with The Jakarta Post last Tuesday, State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra was asked whether he gained financial advantages through a case currently being investigated. His reply - an emotional outburst - came totally unexpected. "You have gone beyond the KPK. The KPK interrogated me only as part of procedure. I think a journalist cannot act as an investigator. You are going beyond your authority as a journalist. If you were a public official, you could be sued in court for violating... going beyond your authority. Journalists are employed to raise questions and not to act as investigators," he told The Post.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 March 2007 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


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


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

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


Indonesia disputes report Obama attended radical Islamic school U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama fought back against an allegation that he was educated at a radical Islamic school as a child in Indonesia, determined to avoid being tripped up by unsubstantiated charges like those that undermined Sen. John Kerry in 2004. Interviews by The Associated Press at the elementary school in Jakarta found that it is a public and secular institution that has been open to students of all faiths since before the White House contender attended in the late 1960s.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2007 08:52 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


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia told to return $5m after probe The World Bank is asking the Indonesian government to return $4.7m (€3.7m) in loans for road projects after an internal investigation found that a contractor allegedly paid more than $300,000 in kickbacks to government officials. The graft allegations are the first to hit the World Bank’s projects in Indonesia since it asked for Jakarta to return $10m (€8m, £5m) related to a school textbook corruption scam in 2004.

Posted in General @ 14 August 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists query discovery of 'Hobbits' in Flores A row has broken out about the scientific evidence purporting to show that a species of "hobbits" lived on a remote Indonesian island about 18,000 years ago. A team of scientists believes that the skull at the centre of the discovery is not from a metre-high member of another human species but belonged to someone with microcephaly - a congenitally small brained person.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court sentences Islamic militant to 7 years in jail An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamic militant to seven years in prison on Thursday for sheltering the man who allegedly helped mastermind a string of suicide bombings in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Ahmad Taufik Ridho was also found guilty of illegal weapons possession, said Ardiansah Dali, the presiding judge at the South Jakarta District Court.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 April 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY: Freeport Papua mine closure not an option The Indonesian government won't consider a unilateral closure of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s (FCS) massive Grasberg mine in Papua despite allegations of poor environmental management at the facility, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Monday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 April 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Review cooperation with Canberra' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for a review of Indonesia's cooperation with Australia, as a row over Canberra's decision to accept asylum seekers from Papua deepens. 'Relations between Indonesia and Australia are entering a difficult time, full of challenges,' he said yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Barnabas Suebu named Papua governor Barnabas Suebu was officially named the winner of Papua's direct gubernatorial election following a 10-hour plenary session of the provincial General Elections Commission (KPUD) on Monday. In the March 10 election, former governor Barnabas and his running mate, Golkar Party legislator Alexander Hessegem, garnered 354,763 of the over 1.1 million valid votes. Over 17,000 votes were declared invalid and thrown out.

Posted in Politics @ 04 April 2006 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Newmont suspends exploration after camp attack The Newmont mining company suspended gold and copper exploration on Indonesia’s Sumbawa Island after unidentified people torched a camp for its workers, the company said on Monday. No one was injured Sunday when the assailants set the remote camp in Elang district on fire, but the attack underlined the difficulties facing foreign mining companies working in remote regions of the sprawling archipelago.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 20 March 2006 07:41 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


East Timor withholds UN abuse report The East Timorese Government has withheld publication of a report claiming as many as 180,000 civilians may have died as a result of Indonesia's quarter-century occupation of the former Portugese colony. Leaked copies of the report by the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CRTR) point to alleged widespread abuses by the Indonesian military including rape, the use of napalm and the poisoning of food supplies.

Posted in Politics @ 19 January 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


155 die in Java double disaster At least 155 people died in two separate natural disasters that hit Indonesia's main island of Java last week, as authorities Monday decided to end the evacuation process amid worries that more deaths are unaccounted for. In the East Java town of Jember, where a flash flood and mudslide swept through four districts that left 79 people dead and displaced 7,605 others on Jan. 1, the local government ended the evacuation work and shifted focus on rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 January 2006 19:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


180 dead or missing after landslides Rescue workers carried on the grim task of searching for bodies today after pounding rains sent landslides crashing into several Indonesian villages, while the number of people listed as dead or missing fell to about 180. Authorities revised the figure after dozens of survivors were found to be staying with family or friends.

Posted in Flooding @ 07 January 2006 17:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia denies trying to take over island An Australian man says he is stunned by claims he banned locals from a remote Indonesian island where he runs a surf camp, sparking an intervention by the country's armed forces. David Wyllie, of Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast, says he was not even in Indonesia when the military said 17 soldiers landed on uninhabited Mengkudu island, where the camp is located.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 December 2005 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


KPU chairman gets 7 years General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in jail for corruption in a high profile case that could eventually implicate other prominent figures, including some close to the administration. The verdict against Nazaruddin, a former leading political scientist at the prestigious University of Indonesia, came after he successfully led the poll body through the country's first ever direct presidential election last year, which saw President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's rise to power on antigraft promises.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 December 2005 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Three officers charged with buying stolen car The Jakarta Police announced on Wednesday there was sufficient evidence to charge three police officers with receiving a stolen vehicle. West Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Safaruddin said Chief Brig. Samsi from the Semanan Police station in Tangerang and Chief Brig. Budi Utomo and Adj. First Insp. Endang from the Lebak Police precinct, also in Tangerang, had been detained since Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 November 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia drive to halt graft turns to judiciary A year into the rule of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, graft busters in Indonesia are turning their attention to the country’s notoriously corrupt judiciary through a case involving the half-brother of former strongman Suharto and Indonesia’s top court. Investigators from Indonesia’s Anti-Corruption Commission, or KPK, are on Monday expected to question two senior Supreme Court officials in connection with claims that Mr Suharto’s half-brother, Probosutedjo, paid more than Rp16bn ($1.6m, €1.3m, £898,500) to court officials to have a corruption conviction either thrown out or reduced.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2005 21:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 'rainy season could mean spike in bird flu' The health minister called on people to be vigilant against bird flu in the upcoming rainy season, saying they could be especially susceptible to the disease during that time. "We are asking people to be careful," Health Minister Siti Fadila Supari told reporters Friday, saying the number of bird flu cases could rise in November and December.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 October 2005 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Study: 'Indonesia military commits genocide in Papua' Indonesia's military is allegedly committing genocide in its eastern province of Papua, which may threaten the survival of the region's tribal population, the University of Sydney's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies said in a report.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2005 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Newmont lays out defense in pollution case Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM) says the pollution allegations against the company in Indonesia have weakened over the last year to the point where the two sides are now arguing about technical and permitting issues in court. "The argument that we killed people went away... then the argument about heinous diseases went away," Blake Rhodes, a Newmont attorney working on the case, said Tuesday. "It's now down to technical issues."

Posted in General @ 11 August 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda pilot held as suspect in Munir murder INDONESIAN police have formally named a pilot working for national airline Garuda Indonesia as a suspect in the fatal poisoning of a leading human rights activist, according to his lawyer. The pilot, Pollycarpus Priyanto, was on the same flight as Munir from Jakarta to Singapore before the activist died after vomiting violently on the second leg of his trip to The Netherlands in September.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 20 March 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Korea Gas says LNG imports from Indonesia won't be cut in 2005 Indonesia on Wednesday dismissed concerns that plans to prosecute a subsidiary of U.S.-based Newmont Mining on pollution charges would hurt foreign investment, saying clean companies had nothing to worry about. "I am sure that foreign investors won't be scared away," said Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar. "I and the president personally guarantee to protect companies who manage their operations well." "We welcome the honest ones. There is no need for the crooked ones," he told reporters.

Posted in General @ 08 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to seek death penalty for Australian Indonesian prosecutors say they are likely to push for the death penalty for a Queensland woman found with 4.1 kilograms of marijuana at Denpasar airport in Bali. They said the amount of marijuana found in Schapelle Leigh Corby's body board bag meant they would "probably" charge her with an offence carrying the death penalty. Ida Bagus Wiswantanu, of the Bali Prosecutor's Office, said after briefly examining the police allegations against Corby yesterday that it appeared there was a strong case to push for the maximum sentence.

Posted in Drugs @ 01 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to return US$10m to World Bank The World Bank said on Friday that the Indonesian government had returned the US$10 million in funds publishers here allegedly corrupted from the Book and Reading Development Project. The World Bank announced in Washington last Tuesday that collusion had led to the procurement of inferior quality books in a school book project and urged the Indonesian government to repay US$10 million of some $53 million disbursed.

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


Susilo team reports tabloid for smear campaign Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's campaign team has reported the Fakta tabloid newspaper to the General Elections Supervisory Board for articles it says are part of a dirty tricks campaign by supporters of President Megawati Soekarnoputri to smear the presidential challenger. Team lawyers Harry Witjaksono Sh, Antawiriya and Bambang called for Panwaslu to investigate the irresponsible reports and to stop the distribution of the tabloid.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bob Hasan expelled from IOC Mohamad Bob Hasan of Indonesia was on Tuesday kicked out of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Somalia's chief Olympian Farah W. Addo declared persona non grata at the upcoming Athens Games. The 116th IOC Session agreed with an overwhelming 101 votes to expel Hasan, who had been suspended from the IOC since 2001 over corruption in his home country.

Posted in General @ 11 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono wins, but second-round vote likely Retired general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won Indonesia's presidential race with 33.2% of the vote, but the General Election Commission believes millions of ballots may be invalid. Election officials ordered a national vote recount after early results showed "tens of millions" of votes might have been spoiled in Monday’s inaugural presidential elections.

Posted in Elections @ 06 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt downgrades martial law in Aceh to a state of emergency Indonesia has downgraded its martial law in Aceh province to a state of civilian emergency. The change returns control over the province to a civilian governor. This comes a year after Jakarta declared martial law in the region and launched an offensive against Free Aceh Movement or GAM separatist rebels. However, the change of status will have little effect in the field. Troop levels in the province will remain at about 50 thousand and civilian agencies can still impose curfews, detain suspects indefinitely and censor the press.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police re-arrest Bashir, clash with supporters Indonesian police arrested Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir as a terror suspect on Friday as he walked out of jail after serving time for lesser charges while his supporters hurled rocks and firebombs at police. Bashir, accused head of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah network, was released on Friday after 18 months in prison for immigration offences but was served with an arrest warrant and detained as he left the jail in central Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Election could be bad for Australia Churchill caught the complexity of democracy in his famous line about it being the worst way to choose a government, except for all the other ways. Indonesia will be demonstrating both sides of this aphorism over the next few months. The good news is that Indonesia is about to choose its next government through peaceful elections. The bad news is that the outcome is unlikely to be good, and could be quite bad - for Indonesia and for ourselves. Australia's security depends on an Indonesia that is stable, prosperous, cohesive and democratic. It seems our chances of getting all four are slim.

Posted in Elections @ 01 April 2004 00:02 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


Campaign violence, public disorder emerge The violent behavior on Thursday by the campaign participants in several cities sent an alarming message to the 24 political parties that they needed to keep a handle on their supporters and improve their street campaign strategies to ensure that the April 5 legislative election would proceed peacefully and democratically. In Surakarta, Central Java, supporters of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), chaired by incumbent President Megawati Soekarnoputri, beat up a supporter of the Muslim-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). The region has a history of riots, including ethnic violence.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Akbar Tandjung sentence quashed Indonesia's Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of House Speaker Akbar Tandjung, clearing the way for his presidential bid which could bring Suharto's Golkar party back to power. Tandjung had been convicted in 2002 of misappropriating nearly $5 million in state funds in 1999 under President B.J. Habibie, who took office after long-time ruler Suharto was forced to resign.

Posted in Elections @ 12 February 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


General runs for President in Indonesia As he flew over the coal mines and shrimp farms that dot Indonesia's part of Borneo island, a smiling Gen. Wiranto couldn't contain himself. ``Did you see how they touched me?'' he said. ``It was as if I was Michael Jackson and they were my fans.'' Wiranto had come from a campaign rally in this gritty industrial town 750 miles northeast of Jakarta, where supporters jostled to touch him and chanted ``Long live Wiranto.''

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


Before he slipped into unconsciousness, six-year-old Kaptan Boonmanuj told his mother, "Mum, my chest feels like it's going to explode." On Jan. 26, after two weeks in a coma, Kaptan died in Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital, becoming Thailand's first victim of avian flu. His parents returned home to the hamlet of Ben Ya Pad, deep in the country's rural western province of Kanchanaburi. Two days had passed since their son's death, and rice farmer Chamnan Boonmanuj and his wife Chongrak sat receiving friends and relatives, the smell of burning incense heavy in the front room of their concrete house. Behind them, Kaptan's body lay in a white coffin. Propped against it was his bicycle, along with a picture of Kaptan wearing his school uniform. Outside, a row of ornate wreaths was placed beside the wall of the house. One was from the Ministry of Public Health.

Posted in Health @ 06 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rais denies taking oil handouts from Saddam Hussein A leading Indonesian politician and presidential hopeful Amien Rais has denied reports that he had taken oil handouts from the regime of then-Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, a press report says. "I'm flabbergasted. Why am I included in the list out of the blue? It's big slander," Rais, chairman of the national assembly, was quoted as saying by Koran Tempo newspaper.

Posted in Politics @ 04 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine civilians shot dead in Aceh A housewife and a newly-married man were among nine civilians killed in the past three days in the ongoing Government battle against separatists in Indonesia's Aceh province, the military and residents said. The housewife, 52-year-old Cut Zainabah, was executed by two unidentified men who arrived at her North Aceh house Friday night local time, a resident of the area said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bars aid workers from Aceh The Indonesian government barred foreign aid workers and non-governmental organizations from Aceh province, the site of a large military action against separatists rebels. Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda said the ban on NGOs came because some "have political motivations" but security issues were also mentioned. He added that any foreign aid to the region would be funneled through Jakarta.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 May 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
    
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