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President Yudhoyono calls for cabinet meeting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono calls for a cabinet meeting here on Wednesday to remind ministers to continue their work until the end of their service time next October 2014, presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said.

Posted in Polio @ 04 June 2014 10:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'No radar data concealed over MH370's location' Indonesia denied rumors that it had concealed radar data that showed the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH 370s location, a press release from the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur received here on Tuesday said.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 March 2014 08:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian navy joins search for missing Malaysian plane The Indonesian navy had deployed five ships and a helicopter to help search for a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing early Saturday, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto said.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 March 2014 22:23 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


Defence Minister inaugurates two combat vessels Indonesian Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro inaugurated two fast combat ships - KRI Pari-849 and KRI Sembilang-850 on Thursday. "The two ships are the fast type. They would be deployed to maintain security and sovereignty in Indonesia`s waters," said Minister Yusgiantoro, after the inauguration ceremony on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 05 September 2013 14:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President installs new military and army chiefs President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has installed General Moeldoko as the commander of the Indonesian Defence Forces (TNI) and Lieutenant General Budiman as the chief of staff of the Indonesian Army (TNI AD).

Posted in Military @ 30 August 2013 14:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ready to receive Leopard tanks The 8th Cavalry Battalion (Yonkav) of the Indonesian Army Strategic Command (Kostrad) in Pasuruan of E Java is ready to receive Germany`s Leopard Main Battle Tank (MBT) to reinforce Indonesia`s defence capability.

Posted in Military @ 21 August 2013 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia to launch a three-digit rocket in 2013 Indonesia is planning to launch a three-digit rocket, with a range of 100km to 900km, to strengthen its artillery system. Indonesia is planning to launch the rocket next year.

Posted in Military @ 27 December 2012 19:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto to run for president in 2014 Indonesia`s retired army general, Wiranto, will run for president in 2014. "I am ready to run for president in 2014," said the general chairman of the People`s Conscience Party (Hanura) on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 12 December 2012 18:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


President Yudhoyono starts three-day visit in Britain Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the company of First Lady Ani Yudhoyono and entourage, arrived at the Heathrow international airport, London at about 6.0 p.m. local time or 40 minutes earlier than the schedule.

Posted in Politics @ 31 October 2012 12:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for prevention of horizontal conflicts President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has urged every party to actively prevent possible horizontal conflicts among communities, saying that prevention efforts are not solely the task of police and military personnel.

Posted in Violence @ 30 October 2012 13:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Army to build three posts in border area The Indonesia National Army will set up three new posts along the border between Indonesia and Malaysia in the northern part of East Kalimantan in order to improve coordination between its personnel as well as to strengthen security in the area.

Posted in Military @ 02 October 2012 07:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI provides free medical treatment to public The Indonesian Defence Forces (TNI) provided free medical treatment to 1,000 residents in Ciracas district, East Jakarta, on Thursday to mark its 67th anniversary which falls on October 5.

Posted in Military @ 27 September 2012 21:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest seven over Sampang violence Police have arrested seven people allegedly involved in the attack against Shiite Muslims in Sampang district, Madura Island, East Java Province.

Posted in Violence @ 27 August 2012 18:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Australia to strengthen military cooperation Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said the Indonesian and Australian governments will strengthen military cooperation in humanitarian fields.

Posted in Military @ 03 August 2012 02:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono : 'Separatism must be stopped' Separatism of any kind in Indonesia must be stopped because it poses a serious threat to national integrity, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in Magelang, Central Java, on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 12 July 2012 15:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Yudhoyono denies trilateral military cooperation There is little possibility of a trilateral military pact among Indonesia, Australia, and the United States, according to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. "Indonesia`s stance has been clear, firm and consistent: it would not let the region become a conflict arena," he said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Military @ 04 July 2012 15:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Belarus to open embassy in Jakarta Belarus will soon open an embassy in Jakarta, according to visiting Belarus Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Martinov.

Posted in Politics @ 11 June 2012 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three US warships arrive in Banongan Three American warships have arrived at the coastal region of Banongan, Situbondo, East Java, situated 194 km to the east of Surabaya, on Monday morning.

Posted in Military @ 04 June 2012 10:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


SAR team to evacuate bodies of more Sukhoi victims The Search and Rescue (SAR) team has recommenced evacuating the Sukhoi Superjet 100 victims` remains that are still scattered in Mount Salak.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 May 2012 15:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Indonesia proposes joint patrols in disputed Ambalat waters Indonesian Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono Wednesday proposed that Indonesia and Malaysia conduct joint maritime border patrols in the disputed waters of Ambalat in the Sulawesi Sea. He conveyed the suggestion to visiting Malaysian Chief of Defence Forces Gen Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal who had called on him at his office here.

Posted in General @ 10 June 2009 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-corruption watchdog detains relative of Yudhoyono Indonesia's anti-corruption watchdog arrested a relative of President Yudhoyono in connection with the misappropriation of millions of dollars in bank funds, media reports said Friday. After several hours of questioning, Aulia Tantowi Pohan, the father-in-law of Yudhoyono's son, was arrested Thursday in connection with an 8-million-dollar graft case at the country's central bank.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 November 2008 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia a non-starter in 'arms race' Indonesia does not have the capacity to join the regional arms race flagged last week by Kevin Rudd and will instead rely on Australia's planned military build-up as part of its own defence strategy. Senior officials will travel to Australia within weeks for discussions on military hardware supplies, including the Australian manufacture of military equipment in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2008 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pilot goes on trial for 'crashing plane' An Indonesian pilot has gone on trial accused of deliberately causing a deadly airliner crash, the first time a pilot has been charged over an aviation disaster in the country. Marwoto Komar, who faces a life sentence if he is convicted, said nothing as his trial began in the central Javanese city of Yogyakarta on Thursday. Indonesian courts do not require the accused to make a formal plea.

Posted in General @ 24 July 2008 09:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch made corvette for Indonesian Navy to arrive mid-august The Indonesian Navy is expected to receive a Sigma-class corvette in the next few weeks. "We expect the corvette to arrive mid August. It is currently on its way from the Netherlands to Indonesia," head of the Indonesian Navy`s Information Service Commodore Sugeng Darmawan said here on Friday.

Posted in Military @ 03 August 2007 14:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yeo: Linking Indonesian sand ban to extradition treaty unfortunate Indonesia's ban on sand exports to Singapore was one of the key concerns in Parliament on Monday. Members of Parliament were keen to find out about the impact of the ban on the construction industry and Singapore's relations with Indonesia. In his reply, Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo said linking the sand ban to the extradition treaty being sought by Indonesia and border talks would be unfortunate and counterproductive.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2007 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. uses sattelite imaging to search for missing Adam Air plane The United States will assist the search for an Adam Air Boeing 737-400 plane which went missing in West Sulawesi waters on Monday afternoon through satellite imaging devices placed around the assumed crash site. "They will assist through satellite imaging," Commander of the Indonesian Defence Force (TNI) Marshal Djoko Suyanto said when ANTARA News asked for a confirmation here Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


How fearful Australia deserted East Timor JUST three months after Indonesia invaded East Timor 30 years ago, the Australian government of the prime minister, Malcolm Fraser, was covertly supporting the tiny colony's complete integration into its giant neighbour, according to cabinet documents from 1976, released today.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2007 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bombers file new appeal to Indonesia court Three Indonesian men sentenced to death for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings have filed new appeals to the Supreme Court, a district court official said on Thursday. Lawyers representing Muslim militants, Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Mukhlas, also known as Ali Gufron, handed in the appeal late on Wednesday to the Denpasar district court where they first received the death sentences, said Made Sukarta, the court's clerk for criminal cases.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 December 2006 02:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives Bali bombers last chance for appeal Three men sentenced to death for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings have until the end of this month to file appeals with the Supreme Court before they are executed, the attorney-general said on Wednesday. "It is proper enough for the attorney-general's office to wait until the end of this month on whether they would file for a judicial review. If they don't file, the (execution) process will go forward," Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 December 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia willing to send troops to Iraq under UN ndonesia is willing to send troops to serve under the UN flag in Iraq if the international community agrees to such a deployment, Defence Minister Yuwono Sudarsono said on Wednesday. Sudarsono told journalists that sending troops was part of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's proposed solution to the conflict in Iraq, which he had conveyed to visiting US President George W Bush on Monday.

Posted in Military @ 23 November 2006 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects inquiry call over activist poisoning The defence minister today rejected calls for a UN inquiry into the death of Indonesia's leading human rights activist, amid mounting pressure on authorities following the acquittal of the only suspect in the poisoning death. Munir Said Thalib, who gained a reputation for exposing abuses by the Indonesian military in the late 1990s, was given a massive overdose of arsenic on a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam in 2004.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 November 2006 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian leader tells military to respect democracy Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told the once-powerful military on Thursday to press ahead with internal reforms and respect democracy. "Continue the reform process and respect democracy," Yudhoyono said in a speech at a ceremony marking the military's 61st anniversary. "Democracy must continue to blossom and strengthen along with the establishment of the rule of law and a government which is free from corruption and other ills," he said.

Posted in Military @ 07 October 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calmer after Indonesia executions Conditions were calmer and under control after Indonesian government deployed thousands of security forces to guard public areas Saturday in Central Sulawesi province. Angry mobs had rioted Friday in Christian areas of Indonesia after the government carried out early-morning executions of three Christian men convicted of massacring Muslims during sectarian violence six years ago.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 September 2006 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sets date for execution of Christian militants Three Indonesian Christian militants convicted of leading a mob that killed Muslims will be executed on Thursday, the convicts' lawyer said, but there was no immediate word on the fate of their clemency appeals. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva were sentenced to death in 2001 after being found guilty of leading a Christian mob in an attack that killed more than 200 people at an Islamic boarding school during Muslim-Christian clashes in Central Sulawesi's Poso region.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 September 2006 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christians on death row seek clemency Three Christian militants facing execution in Indonesia after being convicted of leading a mob that killed Muslims have made a fresh appeal to the president for clemency, a presidential spokesman said on Monday. The three had sent a letter to the office of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, presidential spokesman Andi Mallarangeng said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 28 August 2006 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Chameleon-like snake discovered in Borneo Scientists in Indonesia have discovered a new and mysterious species of snake in the depths of rain forest-clad Borneo which has the ability to change colours, the WWF conservation group has said. The half-meter long snake, known locally as a "mud snake", was collected by a WWF consultant and a German reptile expert in the wetlands along the Kapuas River in West Kalimantan more than a year ago. "It has since been established that it is really a new species," the WWF's Iwan Wibisono told AFP.

Posted in Environment @ 27 June 2006 17:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Prosecutor: Bali bombings were to avenge Muslim deaths Four suspected Islamic militants went on trial today for their alleged roles in last year’s suicide bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, attacks a prosecutor said were aimed at avenging Muslims’ deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. If found guilty, they could face the death penalty under anti-terror laws. Security was tight at the Denpasar trials, the first to be held over the triple bombings that killed 20 people and were blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked south-east Asian terror group.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2006 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drug trial for young Australian postponed A court on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Monday postponed hearing the defence plea of a young Australian who may face life in jail for heroin trafficking. Judges in the trial of 20-year-old Scott Rush, one of nine Australians accused of involvement in a heroin smuggling ring, postponed the trial to Wednesday after his defence asked for more time to prepare their plea.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 January 2006 09:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Allianz launches Sharia-compliant insurance products Allianz AG said its Indonesian unit is launching Sharia-compliant insurance products, responding to 'growing requests' from its customers and banking partners. The insurer said customers can now buy life insurance, as well as fire and motor vehicle insurance, that will be Sharia-compliant. Under Sharia-law, it is forbidden to give or receive interest payments. Furthermore, Sharia-compliant banks will trade investments and share the profits with investors instead of offering interest on savings accounts.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2006 08:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia guarded on straits patrol Indonesia has given qualified support to a plan for Australian navy patrol aircraft to help guard the strategic Malacca Straits against terrorist attacks and piracy. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohammad Najib discussed the plan with Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, asking if Canberra would consider sending long-range RAAF P-3C Orion patrol aircraft to help oversee the 1000kilometre waterway.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2005 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Australians face court on drug charges A 45-year-old Brisbane man working in Indonesia has pleaded guilty to possession of the drug shabu shabu, a form of crystal methampetamine. John Michael Kelly from Warwick in Queensland has appeared in court in Sangata in East Kalimantan province. Prosecutors have demanded that Kelly serve 18 months in prison.

Posted in Drugs @ 06 December 2005 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutor demands life sentence in Munir case An Indonesian prosecutor has recommended that a court sentence a pilot to life in prison for his alleged murder of leading human rights activist, Munir. The call for has been greeted by applause from Munir's widow and dozens of his supporters inside the courtroom. Garuda Indonesia airline pilot, Pollycarpus Budi Hari Priyanto, is accused of planning and implementing the poisoning of Munir during a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam last year.

Posted in Crime @ 01 December 2005 14:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Visa-on-arrival in Indonesia harbinger of closer cooperation Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s appreciation of Indonesia’s adoption of a visa-on-arrival policy for Indian nationals during the visit of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Wednesday set the tone for a whole range of MoUs to be signed between the two countries. Both countries agreed to work together to improve connectivity and people-to-people contacts between their countries through enhanced tourism, civil aviation and shipping links.

Posted in General @ 24 November 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


TNI uses Bali bombing to reassert political role Attending a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Indonesian military (TNI) on October 5, just days after the deadly bombing in Bali, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed the TNI to "take part in effectively curbing, preventing and acting against terrorism".

Posted in Military @ 23 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian bombmakers key Bali suspects Two Malaysians accused of orchestrating the bombings in Bali three years ago are suspected of having a hand in the latest terrorist attack on the Indonesian island. However, Malaysian authorities claimed to have eradicated terrorist cells in the country. Indonesian authorities believe terror group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) is behind the suicide blasts that ripped through the popular tourist destination Saturday night, killing 26 people including three Australians.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2005 13:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


India and Indonesia react to oil price rises India on Tuesday made a long-awaited move to increase retail prices of diesel and petrol. Indonesian officials also indicated they were considering bringing their own price rise forward to as early as October 1, following disappointment in financial markets over a vague plan unveiled last week.

Posted in Economy @ 07 September 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Rupiah breaches 10,000 level amid doubts over bank intervention A Jakarta money changer. The Indonesian rupiah has weakened to again breach the 10,000-to-the-dollar level as traders sold off the currency amid fears the central bank would not keep up last week's aggressive defence of the currency.

Posted in Economy @ 22 August 2005 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bizarre wish list hinders Corby Schapelle Corby's chances of winning her appeal have slumped after the Federal Government was unable to meet a list of bizarre demands by her new defence team, headed by the bejewelled Indonesian lawyer, Hotman Paris Hutapea.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 June 2005 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


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


More jail for Corby whatever the result Schapelle Corby will remain in a Bali jail possibly for months even if three Indonesian judges acquit her on Friday. Chief prosecutor Ida Bagus Wiswantanu has told The Australian he intends to launch an appeal if the 27-year-old Gold Coast woman were found guilty of drug smuggling but sentenced to anything less than life in prison, the sentence he has recommended.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 May 2005 08:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia court upholds verdict on cleric Bashir An Indonesian high court has upheld a guilty verdict and two and a half year sentence handed to Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for involvement in the 2002 Bali blasts that killed 202 people, an official said on Monday. Bashir now has the option of appealing to the Supreme Court. His lawyers could not be reached for immediate comment.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 May 2005 11:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Judges in Corby trial likely to dismiss letter as evidence While Australian-based lawyers have welcomed the Federal Government's letter, its contents appear to have disappointed Schapelle Corby's Indonesian legal team. And the prosecutor in the case is also unimpressed. Ida Bagus Wiswantanu says it's a pointless move and that the material comes too late to be tested in the trial process or to be considered as evidence.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 May 2005 11:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia confirms new polio cases A second case of polio has been confirmed in Indonesia following the detection of a strain of the crippling virus believed to have originated from Africa, health authorities said today. An 18-month-old boy and a 20-month-old girl are now known to have contracted the disease in the same district of Java island, said Umar Fahmi Achmadi, the health ministry's head of communicable diseases.

Posted in Polio @ 04 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Indonesia denies Corby bribery claims The Indonesian embassy has strongly denied suggestions that the prosecutors in Schapelle Corby's drug-smuggling case have sought bribes. Suggestions of bribery in the Corby case were first raised in a radio interview between broadcaster Alan Jones and Ron Bakir, the Gold Coast businessman who is funding the Gold Coast woman's defence.

Posted in General @ 16 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military plans to quit business ventures soon Indonesia’s armed forces will withdraw from business activities in two years, sooner than planned, in a bid to improve their image, the military said in a statement on its web site.

Posted in Military @ 14 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt says three months to restore power, water on Nias It will take at least three months to fully restore electricity and water to the earthquake-ravaged Indonesian island of Nias, the country's vice president said Saturday. Yusuf Kalla, on a visit to the remote northwestern island where up to 1,300 people may have died in an 8.7-magnitude quake last Monday, said electricity in some areas was back on line, but complete restoration would take weeks.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian navy helicopter crashes in quake-devastated Nias An Australian navy helicopter crashed Saturday on the earthquake-devastated Indonesian island of Nias, the defence ministry said, and media reported that nine people were killed and two were rescued. The Sea King helicopter crashed near the town of Gunung Sitoli, off the west coast of Sumatra, in the afternoon, a defence statement said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia scraps foreign troop pull-out deadline Foreign forces including the US Navy can continue tsunami relief operations in Indonesia beyond a March 26 deadline, the government said as the disaster's overall death toll topped 168,000. In Thailand the leaders of Canada, Sweden, Norway and Finland, which all lost citizens in the tragedy, were discussing reconstruction and efforts to identify the dead, while non-governmental organisations said 2,500 Myanmese migrant workers may have died in one province alone.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia in for the long haul: PM Australian troops and aid workers would stay in Indonesia to help rebuild tsunami-torn areas for as long as they were needed, Prime Minister John Howard said today. In a speech broadcast to the nation tonight, Mr Howard said the south-east Asian tragedy demanded a long-term response. "A tragedy of this magnitude ... requires a long-term commitment of resources if shattered communities are to be rebuilt and survivors provided with some hope for the future," he said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia military to lose its big companies Indonesia's military, undergoing phased reforms intended to bring it under civilian control, may soon lose all its major businesses, although legislators said on Thursday the move would not go far enough. Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono, a respected academic and former ambassador, told legislators on Wednesday the government wanted to take over such enterprises and convert them into state-owned companies, local media reported.

Posted in Military @ 09 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia kicks off arms expo A major defence industry showcase opened in Indonesia Wednesday, moving the country closer to the high-tech weapons it wants to fight militants and crush rebels but doing little to ease concerns of those who want it held to account for past military abuses. The four-day expo comes as Jakarta is struggling to overhaul its military under a US embargo imposed in response to abuses by Indonesia's armed forces in insurgency-hit Papua and Aceh and during East Timor's 1999 independence vote.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia seeks new security pact with Indonesia Australia is considering signing a new defence and security agreement with Indonesia to replace a treaty that was scrapped after Canberra led United Nations peacekeepers into East Timor in 1999. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said yesterday the government was aware that Indonesian President-elect Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had called for the security pact - negotiated by former prime minister Paul Keating in the mid-1990s - to be renewed last year during a trip to Australia.

Posted in General @ 18 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: Not enough evidence to outlaw JI The government says there is still not enough evidence that Jemaah Islamiah is a terrorist organisation to pass a law banning its existence. Despite last week's bombing of the Australian embassy - the third major bombing in two years for which JI has been blamed - Indonesia's acting Security Minister, Hari Sabarno, said the Government still had no plans to outlaw the organisation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


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

Posted in Violence @ 08 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Al-Qaeda names Australians as top targets Australians have been named in an Al-Qaeda terror manual as the main targets for terrorist attack in Indonesia, a newspaper report said. The Australian said the 11-page manual, "Targeting the Cities", specifies which foreign nationals to target in Muslim nations, such as Americans in Saudi Arabia, French in Algiers and Australians in Indonesia. It did not say where or how it had obtained the document.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 May 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Troops try to quell Ambon unrest, 30 killed Snipers killed one policeman and wounded two in Indonesia's strife-torn Ambon on Tuesday as police and soldiers patrolled the streets to restore order, officials and witnesses said. The death toll from clashes between Christian and Muslim residents rose to 30, police said, but most of the deaths were from fighting on Sunday, and there were signs the violence in the capital of the eastern Moluccas islands was easing.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 27 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military chief backs Aussie missile plan Indonesia’s top military commander has thrown his backing behind Australian plans to join the US in developing a “Son-of-Star-Wars” shield against long-range missile attack, saying the umbrella could help guard Indonesia. Commander-in-chief General Endriartono Sutarto, speaking after a meeting of all senior military commanders, including fiery army chief Ryamizard Ryacudu, said the missile shield could be a plus for Jakarta. “With them developing such a missile system like this, we can make use of it for our own regional stability in facing possible threats from outside of the region,” Gen Sutarto said.

Posted in Military @ 23 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati poll rival put on US watch list The US State Department has put six current and former Indonesian military officers, including a leading presidential candidate, on a watch list of indicted war criminals, in effect barring them from entering the United States, US Government officials say. The list includes Wiranto, the former head of the armed forces and a leading presidential candidate in this year's elections. The Defence Department once considered Wiranto a reform-minded professional.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia feels threatened by Canberra move Australia's decision to look into buying sophisticated warships armed with long-range anti-missile defences was clearly aggressive and targeted at Indonesia, an opposition MP said here yesterday. Mr Djoko Susilo, a member of the Parliamentary Commission on Security, Defence and Foreign Affairs, said Indonesia was a clear target of Canberra's plans.

Posted in Military @ 14 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Hambali unlikely to be tried in region The United States is unlikely to hand over Asian terror kingpin Hambali for prosecution in Southeast Asia despite evidence linking him to deadly bombings in the region, analysts said Monday. One week after his capture in Thailand, the whereabouts of Asia's highest ranking official in the al-Qaeda terror network remains a mystery although the United States, which played a key role in his arrest, says it has him in custody.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 August 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Location of Hambali top-secret Terror mastermind Hambali was still "in another country", Indonesia's police chief said today despite senior Thai officials saying he was flown to Indonesia after his arrest. Asked if Hambali will be brought to Indonesia, General Dai Bachtiar replied: "Not yet. Not yet." "We are thankful that the person we have been looking for has apparently been found, although he is still in another country," he said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 August 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia a worrying blip on American radar screens TURMOIL in Indonesia is surging onto American radar screens in Washington and at the United States Pacific Command's headquarters in Hawaii, where an officer with access to comprehensive intelligence lamented what he called 'a chaotic situation'. Particularly troubling are terrorist organisations, notably Jemaah Islamiah, despite the arrest of 130 suspects since the bombings in Bali in October last year that killed 202 people.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 August 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Timor troops to study in Indonesia East Timor's foreign minister said his country planned to send soldiers to study in Indonesia's military academies - the same ones that schooled the army which brutally occupied his nation. Jose Ramos-Horta's comments come as East Timor holds rights trials for abuses committed by Indonesian troops and its proxy militias before and after voters overwhelmingly approved its independence in a UN-sponsored referendum in 1999.

Posted in Military @ 14 June 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has the tools to beat radical Islam The flames of Islamic fundamentalism are not confined to the Middle East and Central Asia. Indonesia is increasingly in the news because of its large Muslim population, the rise of fundamentalist rhetoric and purported connections to international terrorism. The emergence of violent Muslim vigilante groups employing jihad rhetoric and mobilising followers for jihad is one of the most conspicuous new phenomena in Indonesian Islam.

Posted in Human rights @ 14 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hunt for Aceh separatises extends offshore Police in the Indonesian province of Aceh say they are hunting civilian activists suspected of supporting separatist rebels. They say activists who give support or assistance to the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) are violating the law and could face charges of subversion that carry the death penalty. The police claim many are student activists at an institute for religious sciences in Banda Aceh or members of non-governmental organisations.

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


US warns Indonesia on US killings The United States said on Friday it had warned Indonesia "at the highest levels" that a failure by Jakarta to cooperate in solving the murder of two American teachers would seriously affect bilateral ties. Speaking with Indonesian Defence Minister Matori Abdul Djalil at his side, U.S. Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz also pressed Jakarta to ensure transparency in its military offensive in Aceh province and said independent monitoring should be allowed.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia urges diplomatic solution in Aceh Malaysia hopes a diplomatic solution will be found to the crisis in neighbouring Indonesia's Aceh, a junior minister said Monday, as hundreds of troops parachuted into the province and rockets blastedsuspected rebel positions. "I hope it will be resolved amicably and in a very peaceful manner," deputy defence minister Mohamad Shafie Apdal told reporters.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cannibal on trial A man who has reportedly confessed he engaged in cannibalism to obtain supernatural powers went on trial on Thursday in Indonesia’s Central Java province. Prosecutors charged Sumanto, dubbed by newspapers the Hannibal Lecter of Indonesia, with stealing a body and destroying a grave. Defence lawyers said Sumanto's action was not a crime under existing law.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 April 2003 00:01 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


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

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


Medical supplies to Bali boosted Australia today boosted emergency assistance to Bali, donating an extra $300,000 to help health services after Saturday's bomb blast. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the extra funding was in addition to assistance such as IV fluids, analgesics, bandages and blood provided over the past two days.

Posted in Health @ 15 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy Suharto guilty of murder An Indonesian court has found the younger son of former President Suharto guilty of murder and weapons possession. Tommy Suharto was convicted of masterminding the assassination of a judge who ordered him jailed for corruption. The five-judge panel sitting in Jakarta also convicted him for illegal possession of weapons. Tommy Suharto was jailed for 15 years in the trial, which has been seen as a key test of a legal system denounced as corrupt.

Posted in Crime @ 26 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Army runs Indonesia The military (TNI) still holds the real political power in Indonesia, four years after the end of President Suharto's dictatorship, according to a former defence minister. And soldiers will continue to run Indonesia for at least the next decade, predicts Yuwono Sudarsono, who was the country's first civilian defence minister. "It's the only institution that's holding the country together," Mr Sudarsono said. "Despite its shortcomings, it's the most organised, the most disciplined."

Posted in Military @ 05 June 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia refuses to allow U.S. troops on its soil Indonesia is committed to fighting terror and turning its army into a professional force, but will not allow U.S. soldiers on its soil, Defence Minister Matori Abdul Djalil said on Friday. The world's most populous Muslim nation has been criticised by neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore for not following their lead in arresting dozens of suspects accused of plotting attacks, some of whom are thought to have links to Islamic militants in Indonesia.

Posted in Military @ 31 May 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wahid trip to Aceh in doubt amid violence A trip by President Abdurrahman Wahid to Aceh province was in doubt on Thursday after fighting at an ExxonMobil gas field, which has been closed for security reasons threatening Indonesia's gas exports. Wahid's planned visit to Meulaboh, South Aceh, next week "might be cancelled," his spokesman Wimar Witoelar told journalists. Sources at the presidential palace said the military had strongly objected to the planned visit.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Students stage biggest rally near palace Around 100,000 students coming from all over the country continued their rally outside the presidential palace on Monday in Jakarta, the biggest protest against President Abdurrahman Wahid since he took power 16 months ago. The rally so far run peacefully despite early minor and brief clash between the students with around 500 supporters of President Wahid who also staged a demonstration at the same venue.

Posted in Protests @ 12 March 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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