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KPK searches state printing firm`s office over e-KTP The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday searched the office of the state-owned printing company (PNRI) as part of efforts to probe alleged corruption charges in procuring electronic identification cards (e-KTP). "The search is still going on," KPKs spokesman Johan Budi said.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2014 16:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body seizes documents from Home Ministry The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) seized several electronic documents while searching the offices of the home affairs ministry and private company to probe the alleged corruption charges in procuring electronic identification cards (e-KTP) on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 April 2014 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Indonesia to extradite Italian mob fugitive Antonio Vitale Indonesia will extradite Italian fugitive Antonio Messicati Vitale, following a Bali provincial courts recent approval of the extradition request from an Italian prosecutor, Attorney General Offices spokesman Untung Setia Arimuladi said here on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 23 November 2013 21:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Supreme Court: Nazaruddin jail term increased to 7 years The Supreme Court has denied the conviction appeal of Nazaruddin, the former politician and legislator from the ruling Democrat Party, and increased his sentence for corruption to seven years in jail.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 January 2013 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australiang motorcycle gangs set up links on Bali The Sydney Morning Herald has run an investigative article by Michael Bachelard examining how Australian motorcycle gangs are establishing business links in Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 31 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Bekasi mayor arrested in Bali villa Following a scandal in November 2010 when tax-swindler Gayus Tambunan was spotted wearing a disguise at an international tennis tournament in Bali while missing from his cell at National Police Headquarters in Jakarta, Bali has again earned fame as the resort-of-choice for wanted felons with the arrest on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 of the former mayor of Bekasi (West Java), Mochtar Muhammad.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 March 2012 06:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI ready to help secure Christmas celebrations The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) is ready to help police secure places of worship during Christmas and New Year celebrations across the country, its chief said. "We always get involved in efforts to secure places of warship to create a conducive situation," FPI Chairman Habib Rizieq said here on Thursday.

Posted in Religion @ 23 December 2011 02:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police searching for sexy striptease dancer The Indonesian police is looking for a striptease dancer. They are not interested in the 18-year-old Lilis to have her performed for them though, but more because she is to appear in court in Bandar Lampung over what she did; doing a striptease act.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 May 2011 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian teenager jailed over Central Java bombing spree A 17-year-old Indonesian student was sentenced to two years in prison for his role in a terrorist cell, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 07 April 2011 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus gets 7-year prison term in tax corruption case In one of Indonesia's most media-covered corruption cases, tax officer Gayus Tambunan was sentenced to 7 years in prison for his involvement in bribes that led to his multibillion rupiah wealth, local media reported Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 January 2011 03:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian President Yudhoyono steps in tax corruption case Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday said he will be taking intervention in the tax corruption case of Gayus Tambunan, local media reported. "The public has asked the President to be involved in resolving corruption cases," President Yudhoyono was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Post.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 January 2011 06:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former anti-graft czar Antasari starts 18-year prison term Indonesian authorities on Sunday transfered former anti-graft czar Antasari Azhar to Cipinang Penitentiary in East Jakarta to begin an 18-year prison term, local media reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 January 2011 07:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror suspect Abu Bakar Bashir taken to hospital amidst tight security Indonesian terrorist suspect and Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was transported to a Jakarta hospital in an armored vehicle on Monday amidst tight security, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 December 2010 05:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic cleric faces death penalty on terrorism charges An Indonesian Islamic cleric now faces the death penalty after new terror charges were brought against him, officials said on Monday. 72-year-old Abu Bakar Bashir, who is the suspected leader of a terrorist paramilitary training facility in the Aceh province of Sumatra, has been charged with at least five articles within Indonesia's anti-terrorism laws.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 December 2010 18:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


CPJ: Playboy editor's case is a test for Indonesia Erwin Arnada, editor of the now-defunct Indonesian edition of Playboy, was released for several hours on Wednesday in order to stand trial at Indonesia's Supreme Court on charges of public indecency. The former chief editor was arrested earlier this month after an arrest warrant was issued for him, allegedly because he failed to show up in court.

Posted in General @ 28 October 2010 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono releases third music album Taking a break from political tension facing his administration, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono released his third song album at Taman Ismail Marzuki culture center on Sunday, kompas.com reported. Titled "Ku Yakin Sampai ke Sana" ("I believe I can reach there"), the new album comprises nine songs of various genres.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 24 January 2010 11:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilot of Garuda plane crash free after court decision Marwoto Komar, the pilot convicted of criminal negligence in the death of 21 passengers, including 5 Australians, in the March 2007 crash landing of a Garuda Boeing 737 at Yogyakarta's airport, is a free man now that the appeal courts in Indonesia have quashed his conviction and a 2 year prison sentence.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 December 2009 01:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Suharto's son wants Indonesian presidency' Hutomo Mandala Putra, the son of late Indonesian president Suharto, has started his effort to finally become a president. An aide of Tommy, as he is widely known, has said this to the press. Tommy has built up quite an impressive 'track record' in legal matters, including a conviction for murder. He is now seeking to become the new leader of the Golkar Party, the political movement of his father, which has been in turmoil after loosing the recent elections.

Posted in Politics @ 21 August 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two foreigners wanted as pedophiles extradited from Bali After sitting behind bars at Bali's Kerobokan prison for nearly eight months, a man on Interpol's Most Wanted List, 46 year-old Christian Burger, is now in France to face child sexual abuse charges. Burger, who has both French and Swiss citizenship, was placed on a plane to Paris on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, following the issuance of a letter agreeing to his extradition signed by Indonesia's President Yudhoyono. He has issued the needed letter last Monday, as was confirmed by Public Prosecutor I Ketut Sujaya, SH.

Posted in Crime @ 08 August 2009 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia corruption watchdog to work with FBI Indonesia's corruption watchdog signed an agreement Tuesday with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to collaborate in the fight against graft, a spokesman said. Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, chairman Antasari Azhar and FBI deputy director John Pistole signed the agreement in Jakarta on training and the exchange of information and investigators, the commission's spokesman Johan Budi said.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 November 2008 09:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia makes gains in fight against corruption Indonesia's fight to curb corruption has led to a series of headline-grabbing investigations in recent months. Indonesia's leap from 143rd to 126th on the Transparency International corruption perception index last month is a small sign of improvement in a country widely viewed as one of the most corrupt in Asia.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 October 2008 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Woman sentenced for five years in prison for bribing officer An Indonesian businesswoman was jailed yesterday for five years in a corruption scandal that has grown to include two senior members of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's cabinet. Artalyta Suryani was found guilty of paying a prosecutor some 423,076 euro to drop an investigation into the misuse of central bank funds.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2008 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia continues hunting militants in Poso Indonesia decided to continue pursuing fugitive Muslim militants in troubled Poso of Central Sulawesi, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Thursday. "The president said the operation to enforce law and to pursue the wanted militants was continuously conducted," Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Widodo Adi Sucipto told a press conference after a security meeting led by president Susilo at the State Palace.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 26 January 2007 11:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia frees activist murder suspect The only suspect in the poisoning death of Indonesia's most prominent human rights activist was freed from prison after receiving a month's reduction in his sentence as part of Christmas celebrations, a prison official said Tuesday. Pollycarpus Priyanto, a 45-year-old pilot, was originally sentenced to 14 years on charges of putting a fatal dose of arsenic in Munir Thalib's food while the human rights campaigner was on a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam two years ago.

Posted in Human rights @ 26 December 2006 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Two years of SBY: Bouquet for Aceh, brickbat for economy As he heads into his third year as Indonesia's president on Friday, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono enjoys respectable popularity, but is struggling to ignite Southeast Asia's largest economy, analysts say. The 57-year-old former general, who was nominated for a Nobel peace prize for overseeing a peace pact with separatist rebels in Aceh, has crafted a respected image abroad, but at home the battles he faces are more complex.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2006 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze from forest fires paralyses Indonesia airports Thick smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has shut airports and slashed visibility to below 100 metres (330 ft) -- and there is no respite in sight, officials said on Wednesday. The fires have been raging for weeks, spreading smoke across much of Southeast Asia and triggering fears of a repeat of the environmental disaster in 1997-98 when dry conditions linked to the El Nino weather pattern caused a choking haze that cost the region billions of dollars in economic losses.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 October 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks to take immediate steps in Poso Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked security chief ministry to take immediate steps to prevent the security in Central Sulawesi province from deteriorating. The president demanded the contribution of all concerned parties in the province on the maintaining of peace.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 18 October 2006 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to lengthen jail terms Jemaah Islamiah terrorists and Australian drug offenders will spend more years in jail with Indonesia deciding to curtail their sentence remissions. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has approved regulations forcing all terrorists, drug offenders and prisoners convicted of several other serious crimes to serve at least two-thirds of their original sentences. They will not be eligible for regular remissions issued to other prisoners until they have served at least a third of their jail terms.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 October 2006 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sentences four Australians to death An Indonesian appeals court has sentenced four Australian members of a drug smuggling ring to death, prompting a protest from the Australian government, officials said Wednesday. But the court spared the lives of two other Australians, sentencing them to life in prison. The fate of the men - part of a trafficking ring dubbed the "Bali Nine" by the media - has been followed closely in Australia, which does not have a death penalty. If carried out, the death sentences could strain ties between the two countries.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 September 2006 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Indonesia delays planned execution of Bali bombers Indonesia has delayed the scheduled executions of three Muslim militants convicted of carrying out the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed more than 200 people, after their defence attorneys announced they would file a final appeal, a government spokesman said Monday. The condemned men - Imam Samurda and brothers Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Gufron - were among more than 30 people convicted in the bombings, many of whom were believed to be members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a South-East Asian offshoot of al-Qaeda.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 August 2006 17:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Makeup led to woman's branding as prostitute Every humiliating moment of that day is etched in Lilies Lindawati's memory. She still smarts at the indignity of being branded a prostitute as she stood before a jeering crowd in a "show trial" for Tangerang's new prostitution bylaw. "I felt like I was being raped in front of those people who laughed at me after the judge ruled I was a prostitute, simply because the law and order officers found a makeup compact and a lipstick in my bag," a tearful Lilies told The Jakarta Post in her rented home in Tangerang.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 May 2006 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 95 reactions


Press Council: Playboy broke 'Code of ethics' Indonesia's Press Council has ruled that the publishers of Playboy Indonesia broke the organization's "journalistic code of ethics" through the distribution of its first issue earlier this month. That violation hinged on Playboy Indonesia's failure to ensure the men's lifestyle magazine wouldn't be sold to children and adolescents, a statement posted on the Press Council's Web site late Friday said.

Posted in Media @ 24 April 2006 17:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 20 reactions


Are hard-liners deviants or true believers? Some of the moderate and liberal Muslims (I consider myself as part of this group) often charge that hard-liners, jihadists, terrorists and suicide bombers are not true believers. The jihadist and terrorists are more aptly called deviant Muslims, people with a fallacious understanding of Islam. We also blame their activities as tarnishing the name of Islam and harming its reputation before the hallmark of modern civilization. Their interpretation of Islam is also said to be destroying the religion's fundamental and truest mission. This is what we have to say about them.

Posted in Religion @ 18 November 2005 00:00 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


Police say baffled in Bali blast probe The police chief in Bali on Tuesday expressed frustration at the lack of progress finding those behind triple suicide bombings on the resort island this month that killed 20 people. Made Mangku Pastika, who led the successful investigation of the 2002 Bali nightclub attacks, said national distribution of leaflets showing the decapitated heads of the three bombers as well as electronically enhanced pictures had yielded little.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 October 2005 17:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bali police holding 'bomb suspect' Two people have been taken in for questioning over suspected involvement in weekend bombings on Bali island that killed up to 22 people, Bali's police chief Made Mangku Pastika told reporters on Tuesday. Authorities have said al-Qaeda-linked militants blamed for earlier blasts are top targets in the manhunt over the three suicide bombings on Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 October 2005 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Australian model detained with 2,000 Ecstasy tablets in Medan A 21-year old Australian has been arrested in Medan, the capital of Indonesia's North Sumatra province, for allegedly distributing the party drug Ecstasy, police said Monday, after authorities allegedly found more than 2,000 tablets in his possession. The man, described as an English teacher, was seized at a house he rented in Medan on Saturday, police said in a statement. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 August 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Police arrest Dutchman for alleged child molestation Police in the Bali regency of Buleleng are questioning a Dutch national who has been arrested for an alleged sexual abuse of minors. The police have taken statements from three boys who said that the 44-year-old Dutchman, identified only by his initials as MC, had sodomized them. But detective chief Adj. Comr. M. Mughoni said he was looking for two more children who might have also fallen victim to the abuse.

Posted in General @ 02 August 2005 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Parcel closes Indonesia embassy in Australia A suspicious package sparked a fresh security alert at Indonesia's Embassy in Canberra on Tuesday, but tests showed white powder it contained was harmless. Officers in breathing gear sifted through mail at the building close to Australia's Parliament House after a report of a suspicious package, a federal police spokesman said.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2005 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Downer: Corby outrage backfiring Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has urged Australians angry at Schapelle Corby's 20 year jail term to keep their mouths shut as he warned continuing criticism would only get the Indonesian judges' backs up. He said Australian criticism of Indonesia and suggestions its legal system was corrupt were harming Corby's appeal against her drug smuggling conviction.

Posted in Drugs @ 05 June 2005 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia's Canberra embassy shut after scare Indonesia shut its embassy in Australia on Wednesday after receiving an envelope containing a "biological agent," as a public backlash rages against the conviction in Bali of an Australian on drug charges.

Posted in General @ 01 June 2005 20:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Downer warns against Indonesia boycott Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer has warned that any backlash against Indonesia as a result of Schapelle Corby's guilty verdict will not help her return to Australia. Mr Downer says the trial was conducted in line with Indonesia's justice system.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 May 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Australians rate Indonesia as their greatest military threat The Australian public ranks Indonesia as the country’s greatest military threat, a study by a defence think-tank said on Wednesday. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute surveyed opinion polls on defence issues dating back to the 1960s and found Australians now saw less chance of an foreign security threat than at any time in the past 30 years. “However, to the extent that the public identifies a security threat to Australia, there is a greater consensus than ever before that the threat comes from one country: Indonesia,” it said.

Posted in Military @ 26 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant sentenced in Mariott Hotel attack An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced a Muslim militant to 10 years in jail for involvement in last year's bombing of the J.W. Marriott hotel but acquitted him of helping plan the 2002 Bali attacks, even though he acknowledged participating in the plot. The August 2003 attack on the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta killed 12 people, while the bombing of nightclubs on the island of Bali killed 202.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 August 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Former general Wiranto runs for president The Golkar party of ex-dictator Suharto on Wednesday chose a former general indicted for rights abuses in East Timor as its presidential candidate in Indonesian elections in July. Gen. Wiranto, who rose through the army ranks to become military chief under Suharto, is seen as a force for change in the party and has tapped into the desire among some voters for a return to the former strongman's era, when the economy was prosperous and the country secure.

Posted in Elections @ 21 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar claims poll victory as results filter in The Golkar party of fallen autocrat Suharto has declared victory in Monday's parliamentary polls in Indonesia after early official results and an independent count indicated that it narrowly beat the nationalist party of President Megawati Sukarnoputri. In an interview with the Financial Times on Tuesday, Akbar Tandjung, Golkar's chairman, proclaimed victory and dismissed the possibility of a much-touted alliance with Mrs Megawati's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) ahead of July 5 presidential polls, saying such a coalition was now "very difficult".

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:03 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


Govt says Bashir not a terrorist The Indonesian Government says there is no evidence to label Abu Bakar Bashir, a Muslim clerk and alleged spiritual leader of a radical Muslim group, as a terrorist. The statement comes after international criticism over a reduction of his prison term that will allow for his release next month.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sentences JI leader An Indonesian court has sentenced an Islamic leader to three and a half years in prison for involvement in acts of terrorism. Abu Rusdan was found guilty of hiding one of the men who carried out the Bali bombing in 2002. Abu Rusdan was also believed to have been a caretaker leader of militant Islamic group Jemaah Islamiyah. The group has been blamed for attacks including the Bali bombing in 2002, but is not an illegal organisation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Supreme Court decision overturning the conviction of House Speaker Akbar Tanjung landed with the thud of a police baton on the future of reform in Indonesia. The ruling will have its most direct impact on the July 5 presidential election, but ripples will be felt throughout society. Despite some potential bright spots in the verdict and its aftermath, it's a dark day for justice and hope for this nation of 220 million people.

Posted in Politics @ 16 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hamengku Buwono X quits race as rival cleared of corruption A decision by Indonesia's top court to quash the corruption conviction of Akbar Tandjung, the House speaker, has had an immediate political impact with a popular candidate for the presidential nomination of his Golkar party pulling out in protest. Indonesia's Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a three-year sentence against Mr Tandjung for misappropriating Rp40bn ($4.8m, €3.7m, £2.5m) in state funds in adecision labelled by local activists as an embarrassment for the country's judiciary and Jakarta's supposed fight against corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 February 2004 00:01 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


Indonesia's rent-a-mob industry gears up for election In a slum just a stone's throw from the gaudy mansions of Indonesia's elite, Rizal trades in human flesh and misery. Angry students, the urban poor, the rural poor, supporters, opposers -- all can be arranged for a price. "Over the years, I've had orders for people from the parties of two presidents, but I'll work for anyone," said the 30-year-old Jakarta man, one of thousands of Indonesians who make a living arranging mobs.

Posted in Elections @ 16 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Supreme Court upholds Bali bomber verdict Indonesia's Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence on the first Muslim militant convicted over the Bali nightclub bombings, which killed 202 people, mainly foreign tourists on holiday. "In our decision the court rejected the appeal submitted by the defendant Amrozi," Toton Suprapto, chief judge on the bench that heard the appeal, told Reuters on Wednesday, adding the decisions by two lower courts had been correct.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just when investors might have been thinking it was safe to look at Indonesia a little less skeptically, the biggest banking scandal to hit the country since the central bank liquidity scandal, this one involving Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and allegedly fraudulent letters of credit, has shattered confidence yet again. With BNI marked for semi-privatization next year, the scandal could hardly have come at a worse time. It highlights concerns raised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over corporate governance in Indonesia and the central Bank Indonesia's failure to detect the scam until a year after it allegedly began.

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


Another 'fund raiser' of Bali blast gets 16 years in jail A district court here sentenced another "fund raiser" of Bali bombing, Abdul Rauf, to 16 years in jail for a criminal act of terrorism. Earlier, two other fund raisers, Andi Hidayat and Junaedi, were found guilty of jointly raising funds for the October 12, 2002, bombings of two nightspots in Bali's famous tourist spot of Kuta. The three were members of the so-called "Serang Group" as they were captured for alleged crimes in Serang, a district town in the Province of Banten.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 September 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kopassus troops jailed for murdering Papuan leader Seven members of Indonesia's feared special forces were convicted yesterday of causing the death of Papua's pro-independence political leader in November 2001, but only sentenced to a maximum of three and a half years in prison. Most Papuans and analysts, while welcoming the convictions, said the light sentences and the way the case was handled show that Indonesia's armed forces still enjoy a large degree of impunity.

Posted in Crime @ 22 April 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Akbar Tandjung looses in Supreme Court A high court in Indonesia has upheld the three year jail sentence of Parliamentary Speaker Akbar Tandjung, convicted of corruption last year. Mr. Tandjung's lawyers say they will appeal to the Supreme Court. The Jakarta High Court Friday upheld Akbar Tandjung's conviction for corruption, his three year prison sentence and a fine.

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


Tommy denies he was a fugitive The son of Indonesia's ex-dictator Suharto startled a packed courtroom Wednesday when he jumped up and asserted that he was never a fugitive from justice as prosecutors charge. Hutomo Mandala Putra, known as Tommy, is accused of masterminding the assassination of Judge Syafiuddin Kartasasmita, who sentenced him to 18 months in prison for a multimillion-dollar real estate scam in September 2000. Tommy also faces charges involving weapons and his flight after the graft conviction.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stumbles from crisis to crisis under President Wahid and the one person with the clout and popular support to replace him prefers to sit in the wings. What makes Megawati so static?

Posted in Politics @ 22 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stumbles from crisis to crisis under President Wahid and the one person with the clout and popular support to replace him prefers to sit in the wings. What makes Megawati so static?

Posted in Politics @ 10 April 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police enter secret bunker, but fail to find Tommy After two days of continuous drilling, police officers on Tuesday eventually broke into an air-conditioned underground bunker below the Central Jakarta home of the fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra. Secretary to the city police detectives chief, Adj. Snr. Comr. Abdullah, said police spent all of Tuesday afternoon making an inventory of what was found in the four meter by four meter room.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saludin, a newly hired driver for Coca-Cola in Jakarta, was waiting in his car in the underground parking lot of Jakarta's stock exchange when a bomb exploded last Wednesday. "There was a loud bang and the windows of my car were shattered," the 27-year-old Indonesian recalls. "There were flames everywhere." Saludin jumped out of the front window of the Mitsubishi Galant. The second-floor basement was filling up with black smoke, but he followed signs leading toward the exit ramp. He made it to the first floor and collapsed—"my lungs were full of smoke, and my heart felt it would explode from my chest." Rescue workers found him on the ground, bleeding from the ears and half-conscious, and carried him out to safety.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former President Suharto charged with corruption Former Indonesian President Suharto, who stepped down in 1998 amid widespread protests against his authoritarian rule, was charged Thursday with corruption. "Suharto's status, as of today, is as an accused," Yushar Yahya, spokesman for Indonesia's attorney general's office, told reporters.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 August 2000 16:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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