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22,000 pesonnel secure election dispute hearing Jakarta Regional Police have deployed 22,000 police personnel to provide security around the Constitutional Court building here during election dispute hearing.

Posted in Elections @ 06 August 2014 20:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to sign Ratu Atut's temporary termination letter President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will soon sign the temporary termination letter of the Banten provincial governor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah, as she had been named as a defendant, the presidential spokesman said.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 May 2014 21:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Banten Governor charged with bribing chief justice The provincial governor of Banten in West Java, Ratu Atut Chosiyah, was charged with paying Rp1 billion to former constitutional court chief justice Akil Mochtar to win an election dispute.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2014 21:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boediono refuses to attend hearing on Bank Century scandal Vice President Boediono has refused to attend a hearing with the House of Representatives (DPR) team supervising the revelation of Bank Century bailout scandal on Wednesday, the Vice Presidents spokesman Yopie Hidayat stated.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 February 2014 17:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Separatist flag raiser sentenced to three years The district court of Biak, Papua sentenced Oktavianus Warnares, defendant in the separatist "Morning Star" flag raising case in Biak Timur, Papua, on May 1, 2013, to three years imprisonment, here on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 February 2014 23:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK detains Banten governor Ratu Atut Banten governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah was detained at around 4:50 p.m. on Friday afternoon, after more than six hours of questioning at the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 December 2013 11:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House endorses Sutarman as national police chief The House of Representatives (DPR) in its plenary meeting on Tuesday endorsed Commissioner General Sutarman as the Republic of Indonesia`s National Police chief.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2013 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono expresses shock at arrest of chief justice President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he was shocked and deeply concerned upon hearing the arrest of the Constitutional Court`s Chief Justice Akil Mochtar by an anti-graft agency on Wednesday night.

Posted in Politics @ 03 October 2013 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former police general Djoko Susilo gets a decade in jail The former chief of Traffic Police Corps, Inspector General Djoko Susilo, was sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined Rp500 million for corruption linked to a driving simulator project.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 September 2013 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government decides Idul Fitri on August 8 The Indonesian government here on Wednesday declared the fall of Idul Fitri on Thursday, August 8. The decision was made in an Isbath meeting attended by representatives from various Islamic organizations in the country.

Posted in Religion @ 08 August 2013 00:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


State lost Rp6 trillion due to corruption in 11 projects Corruption convict and former Democrat Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin has said corrupt practices in 11 government projects have caused the state losses of Rp6 trillion.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 August 2013 18:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysians sentenced to 7 years in jail for obstructing justice Two Malaysian citizens who have helped corruption suspect Neneng Sri Wahyuni in her escape were sentenced to seven years in jail here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 06 March 2013 00:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt urged to simplify land holding certification Real Estate Indonesia (REI) called on the government to simplify land holding certificates that are required by property developers.

Posted in General @ 22 February 2013 00:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lease company drops demand for Batavia Air bankruptcy Lease company International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has dropped their request that sought the bankruptcy of PT Metro Batavia, better known as Batavia Air. This was announced during the latest hearing of the case in a Jakarta court earlier this afternoon.

Posted in Travel @ 30 January 2013 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


British national gets six years for ordering drugs British national Julian Anthony Ponder (43) was sentenced to six years in jail by the Denpasar District Court on Tuesday for ordering 4.7 kg of cocaine Lindsay June Sandiford smuggled to Bali.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 January 2013 01:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor spends night at poor woman's home Bali’s governor, Made Mangku Pastika caused considerable comment among the public and the press when, on Saturday, January 5, 2013, did a sleep over at the house of a poor woman in North Bali.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2013 05:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister asks anti-graft body to investigate state power firm State-owned Enterprise Minister Dahlan Iskan supported a proposal by lawmakers to have the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) review state electricity firm PLN`s losses of Rp37.6 trillion.

Posted in Corruption @ 13 November 2012 23:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corruption case hearings to be videotaped The Supreme Court has issued Circular No. 4/2012, directing all courts to videotape corruption case hearings, in light of the fact that corruption cases are of public interest.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 September 2012 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian bank fugitive to be deported on Wednesday The Indonesia bank fugitive involved in the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Support (BLBI) program in the Bank Harapan Sentosa (BHS) case, Sherny Kojongian, has been deported from the United States and is scheduled to arrive in Jakarta on Wednesday (June 13).

Posted in Corruption @ 12 June 2012 14:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two IPB security personnel shot dead in Bogor Two security personnel of the Bogor-based Agriculture Institute (IPB) identified as Supriatna (44) and Suhardi (46) were shot dead several minutes before the Friday prayer service at Al-Hurriyah mosque at the IPB campus, the Institute`s spokesman said.

Posted in Crime @ 25 May 2012 13:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Miniskirts = porn': Religious Affairs Minister Following the establishment of the anti-pornography task force, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali said that skirts that fall above the knee would be included in the working group’s definition of pornography, on which it would base its future work.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 March 2012 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Govt to postpone power rate increase The government has decided to postpone its plan to raise the basic electricity tariff by three percent per quarter beginning May 1, a minister said.

Posted in Economy @ 15 March 2012 02:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two striptease dancers sentenced to one year in jail The district court in Padang, West Sumatra, has sentenced two girls to a year in jail for performing striptease dances at a cafe here in September last year. Silfi and Nofera, caught by city administration police officers while performing the dances, cried upon hearing the verdict.

Posted in Culture @ 11 March 2012 10:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six years jail for corrupt former tax official Gayus Former tax official Gayus Tambunan was sentenced to six years in jail and fined Rp1 billion for corruption and money laundering on Thursday. The chairman of a panel of judges at the Corruption Court here, Suhartoyo, said Gayus had validly been proven guilty of corruption in several cases.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 March 2012 02:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to discuss fuel subsidy reduction ideas The government will soon discuss with the House of Representatives (DPR) the results of its study on fuel oils, a minister said. Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Jero Wacik said here Monday that the government had finished its study on fuels, which was requested by the DPR.

Posted in Economy @ 24 February 2012 03:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rosa reports fee-seeking minister to KPK Mindo Rosalina Manulang alias Rosa, a key witness in the SEA Games athletes` village corruption case, on Thursday reported a cabinet minister to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for having asked for a project fee from Permai Group through her.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 February 2012 03:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crowd storms Cilik Riwut airport to bar FPI leader's entry Hundreds of people on Saturday forced their way on to the apron of Cilik Riwut airport to prevent the arrival of FPI (Islam Defenders Front) leader Habib Rizieq in Palangka Raya.

Posted in Culture @ 12 February 2012 04:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Ex-minister sentenced to 2.5 years for corruption Former home affairs minister Hari Sabarno was sentenced to 2.5 years in jail on Thursday for corruption. Chief judge Suhartoyo of the Jakarta Corruption Court, in reading out the verdict, said the retired army general was proven guilty of committing corruption together with others.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 January 2012 02:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI chief against giving military voting right National Defense Forces (TNI) Chief Admiral Agus Suhartono said he was afraid allowing servicemen to vote in the 2014 general elections would only cause divisions among the military.

Posted in Military @ 22 November 2011 11:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Antasari: 'Former prosecutors to be brought to court' Murder convict Antasari Azhar questioned the credibility of prosecutors at his initial trial and asked that they be brought to court for his next case review hearing.

Posted in Crime @ 14 September 2011 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian court sentences mob attack victim to prison A Muslim sect member was sentenced on Monday to six months in prison for disobeying police and violent assault in a deadly mob attack perpetrated against him and other Ahmadiyah members, The Jakarta Globe reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 August 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Light sentences for Ahmadiyah killings spark condemnation A wave of condemnation greeted the verdicts imposed on Thursday against 12 people accused of killing three members of the minority Ahmadiyah group in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 28 July 2011 23:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's 2011 state budget reaches $6.65 billion Indonesia's 2011 state budget stood at Rp 56.9 trillion ($6.65 billion) as of May 31, the country's Finance Ministry said Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 July 2011 01:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gov't: 233 Indonesians facing possible death penalties in Malaysia The Indonesian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that 233 of its nationals are facing possible death penalties in Malaysia, making them the largest group of Indonesians facing death penalties abroad.

Posted in Crime @ 21 June 2011 19:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors: life sentence for Bashir over terrorist cell Indonesian prosecutors on Monday announced that they recommended life sentence for Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for his role in a terrorist cell, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2011 18:09 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Police: 'We will shoot at protests near Bashir trial court' The police in Greater Jakarta has announced that it will use their firearms if demonstrations outside the South Jakarta court building get out of control. Today is the second day of the hearings of terrorist suspect Abu Bakar Bashir, a high-profile case. However the first ring of police is not armed, the second ring is, said police spokesperson Baharudin Djafar.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 February 2011 02:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono condemns church attacks, orders legal action President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono condemned Tuesday's attacks against three churches and the court building in Temanggung, Central Java, and ordered legal actions to be taken against the perpetrators. The statements were conveyed to the media by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto.

Posted in Violence @ 09 February 2011 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim mob attacks Indonesia churches after blasphemy trial A Muslim mob on Tuesday destroyed at least three churches and clashed with Indonesian police in central Java after a Christian man was sentenced for blasphemy against Islam, the daily Kompas reported.

Posted in Violence @ 08 February 2011 17:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bakrie companies not in Gayus company list Three companies under the Bakrie Group are not mentioned in a list of 151 companies the Finance Ministry submitted to the National Police in relation to the Gayus tax corruption case, attorney Hotma Sitompoel says. Hotma Sitompoel is the attorney of corruption convict Gayus H. Tambunan, a former low-level tax officer who was found to have billions of rupiah in his accounts.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 February 2011 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesian soldiers face jail over torture video A prosecutor asked the Jayapura Military Court in Indonesia's Papua Province on Thursday to sentence three soldiers for torturing two Papuans, local daily The Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 January 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Gayus judges deny bribery allegations Two former judges in charge of an embezzlement case implicating Gayus H. Tambunan, Haran Tarigan and Bambang Widiatmoko told South Jakarta District Court that they did not receive bribes from Gayus during the case examination process.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 November 2010 01:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Serial child rapist faces 15-year prison term An Indonesian man is facing a 15-year prison term for a series of child rapes carried out in the island of Bali, prosecutors said Wednesday. Mochammad Davis Suharto, also known as Codet, which translates to Scarface, 30, allegedly raped five elementary school girls in Bali, aged 9 to 12, between February and April, as well as another six girls, aged 5 to 11, in Batam, Riau Islands.

Posted in Crime @ 11 November 2010 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Qantas grounds its A380 fleet after mid-air scare over Batam Qantas on Thursday said it will suspend all Airbus A380 flights after a Sydney-bound flight made a dramatic emergency landing in Singapore due to an "uncontained engine failure."

Posted in Accidents @ 05 November 2010 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three dead in riot in front of South Jakarta court The head of an investigative team of the police in South Jakarta, Nurdi Satriadji, has said that three people were killed in a riot between two groups of youngsters in the area of the South Jakarta district court at Jalan Ampera Raya in the area of Pasar Minggu. "Indeed, three people have been killed," said Nurdi at the location of the incident.

Posted in Violence @ 29 September 2010 11:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy Suharto sues Garuda over 'convicted murderer' Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, the son of deceased dictator Suharto, is suing state-owned airline Garuda Indonesia and the publishers of its in-flight magazine for referring to him as a “convicted murderer” in an article about one of his resorts. The civil hearing kicked off in the South Jakarta District Court on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 09 September 2010 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus spent Rp 20b to avoid imprisonment Police said on Wednesday former low-ranking tax officer Gayus Tambunan had disbursed a total of Rp 20 billion (US$2.18 million) to bribe law enforcers and lawyers in order to avoid imprisonment for alleged graft and money laundering.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 June 2010 04:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House looking for lower haj pilgrimage cost The House of Representatives’ Commission VIII on social and religious affairs is deliberating reduction in the haj pilgrimage cost for this year, and necessary measures to improve services for the pilgrims. Commission member Iskan Qolba Lubis said the new price would be decided during a series of meetings with the government and related parties on June 5-7.

Posted in Religion @ 26 May 2010 06:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iranians on trial for smuggling crystal meth to Bali Bali's prosecutors have asked that 8 Iranian men standing trial in Denpasar for smuggling methamphetamine (sabu-sabu) be sentenced to 18 years in prison. The eight are: Daryoush Omid Ali, Alireza Safarkhanloo, Bahman Mirzaei, Mehdi Alinejad Golestan, Mohsen Mohammad Argasi, Saeid Soltani Nabizadeh, Masoud Soltani Nabizadeh and Shahbazi Saeid.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 May 2010 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Banyuwangi starts culling dogs from Bali The ministry of Agriculture in the region of Banyuwangi, East Java, is to cull some 40 dogs that were discovered after they were transported from the island of Bali. The animals are currently in quarantine in Ketapang. They are culled to prevent rabies from spreading to the region after all of Bali is now officially a rabies-zone.

Posted in Health @ 20 November 2009 09:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police insists on accusing KPK leaders The national police chief in Indonesia, Bambang Hendarso Danuri, said that investigators had solid evidence in the bribery and extortion case involving two officials of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). He said there was evidence that businessman Anggoro Widjojo was implicated in the case as well.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 November 2009 06:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cleric cleared of sex abuse over child bride An Indonesian court has acquitted controversial Muslim cleric Pujiono Cahyo Widianto over child sexual molestation charges for marrying an underage girl, aged 12 last year. Widianto risked up to 15 years in jail, had he been convicted of the charges. Prosecutors said they would appeal the court ruling. The girl is his second wife.

Posted in Religion @ 15 October 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda charged with price-fixing in Australia Garuda Indonesia has been charged by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) for conspiring to fix air cargo prices. The lawsuit alleges that Garuda and other carriers of colluding to fix fuel and security surcharges in Indonesia and Hong Kong between 2001 and 2006.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 08 September 2009 11:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife It is just after six in the humid evening when Jakarta suddenly goes dark. It is Magrib, within a few minutes of the call for prayer performed by thousands of muezzin which create a true chaos of sounds throughout Jakarta, the evening arrives to the city that never sleeps. However many hundreds of thousands - mostly men - hurry themselves to a nearby mosque, life in the city continues as usual.

Posted in Nightlife @ 26 March 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


45% of Indonesia's population threatened by malaria Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said on Monday that about 45 percent of the country's population is at risk of contracting malaria. Speaking to a hearing with the House of Representatives DPR, the minister said 424 of Indonesia's 495 districts and cities were malaria endemic regions.

Posted in Health @ 15 February 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Yogyakarta: Sahur! Sahur! Sahur! It is around half past two in the early morning at a random Sunday in the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For a big part of the population this is the time to enjoy a nice meal, a part of the people leaves the nearby nightclub Republic for the lesehan* at Jalan Malioboro. A colorful group of young women in short skirts, high heels and often quite a lot of make-up and proper young men in a blouse quickly fills up the lesehan. They have just over one hour to eat their meal and enjoy a cigarette before the call to open the fasting for this Sunday is made by the imam from the mosque almost next door to the nightclub.

Posted in Ramadan @ 26 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian detained in Bali over alleged child sex offence An Australian man in his late 40s has been detained in Bali after a request from Australian authorities. Bali's Deputy Chief Police Detective, Erwin Chahara Rusmana, says that Paul Francis Callahan was arrested in Kuta around dawn last Saturday. He is wanted in Australia in connection with child sex offences allegedly committed in Canberra more than five years ago.

Posted in Crime @ 16 July 2008 03:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court orders Suharto heirs to defend graft case An Indonesian court on Tuesday resumed hearings in a civil corruption case against late former president Suharto with a ruling that his offspring have to defend in the graft case. The government is seeking 1.4 billion dollars in assets and damages from Suharto, 86, who died on January 27, and the Supersemar Foundation, a charity he previously chaired.

Posted in General @ 12 February 2008 16:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to privatize 37 state-owned companies in 2008 The Indonesian government Monday submitted a list of 37 state-owned enterprises (SOEs) for its privatization drive this year to the House of Representatives. "There are 37 SOEs that we propose for the 2008 restructuring program," said Minister for State-owned Enterprises Affairs Sofjan Djalil. "But we have yet to get a final say from the privatization committee. We plan to hold a meeting with the committee this week regarding the 37 SOEs," he said during a hearing with the House commission four overseeing SOEs.

Posted in Economy @ 23 January 2008 04:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Youth key to new political party In the lead-up to Indonesia’s 2009 elections, a new left party has been formed. The National Liberation Party of Unity (Papernas) was founded on the basis of three main demands: the cancellation of Indonesia’s foreign debt, the nationalisation of the minerals sector, including oil and gas, and national industrialisation.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia takes fight for Soeharto millions to UK Lawyers from the Indonesian government will be in a courtroom on the island of Guernsey, south of Great Britain, claiming that the family of former president Soeharto siphoned off billions of dollars in public money. The case is aimed at seizing 50 million US dollar from an account in on the island, belonging to Hutomo Mandala Putra (commonly known as Tommy) , the son of the former president.

Posted in Crime @ 14 May 2007 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bishop: Indonesian military razed church in Dili Testifying at the Truth Commission Indonesia-Timor, former Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili said that Indonesian forces and their militia allies had systematically burned the diocese's compound as well as other churches. Several clergy and an unknown number of others were killed in these fires. Bishop Belo, who headed the Archdiocese of Dili during the 1999 riots, was the main witness before the commission when they resumed public hearings in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 27 March 2007 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The first plane It was less than one week before it really happened. I was in Kuala Lumpur to settle some official stuff, and when drinking an iced tea I took some time off in the evening to visit a friend. It was getting late and however we usually only 'speak' to each other on the internet, we had some serious issues as well. Sometimes it's best to make a small joke about accidents and disasters. The people on board of the missing Adam Air plane are having a splendid time diving there, things like that, whether they are fun or not. As long as it doesn't happen in your own direct environment, you can still say things like that. I also told that I always missed such events; earthquakes when I'm away; other disasters beyond my easy reach and other things like that.

Posted in Travel @ 17 March 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Lethal injections can replace firing squad' The government considers abandoning firing squads, to be replaced by lethal injections, to carry out death sentences. These changes have been offered during the first formal hearing of an Australian drug runners constitutional challenge to the death penalty. Six members of the 'Bali Nine' and three Bali bombers are imprisoned in Indonesia while sentenced to death by firing squad.

Posted in General @ 15 March 2007 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Piece of missing jet found off Sulawesi A fisherman found a piece of a Boeing 737 that disappeared more than 10 days ago, the first hard evidence that the plane carrying 102 people had crashed into the sea off Sulawesi, a top search official said Thursday. The piece of tail from Adam Air Flight KI-574 was recovered Wednesday in the Makassar Strait, 185 miles off Sulawesi Island's coast, said Eddy Suyanto, the head of search and rescue operations.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 January 2007 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Relatives of missing aircraft's passengers busy seeking information A number of relatives of passengers of the missing Adam Air aircraft were on Monday busy seeking information on the whereabouts of the ill-fated aircraft which lost contact with air control in Makassar at 14:07 while on its way to Manado, North Sulewesi, from Surabaya, East Java. Reports from Manado said a number of people related to passsengers on the missing plane came to Sam Ratulangi Airport on Monday evening to enquire about the aircraft`s whereabouts at the Adam Air ticket sales counter.

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


Playboy trial closed to public The trial of Playboy Indonesia's editor-in-chief was closed to the public Thursday, angering dozens of Islamic hard-liners who threatened to break down the courtroom doors if they are not granted access to the proceedings. Erwin Arnada went on trial three weeks ago on indecency charges and could face 32 months in prison if convicted.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2006 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia turns to greener motorised rickshaws For years, their acrid fumes have been as much a part of the Indonesian capital as the distinctive smell of the country's clove cigarettes. Now the Jakarta city government hopes the old smoke-belching motorised rickshaws or bajajs, which Indonesians pronounce as "budge eye", may finally be able to rattle off into the sunset.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2006 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to build national railway network The Indonesian government plans to build a railway network on the country's major islands to help speed economic development, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The railway projects would include the expansion of existing networks in Java and Sumatra and the construction of new ones in Kalimantan , Sulawesi and parts of Papua.

Posted in Economy @ 20 September 2006 15:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia not to raise power tariff in three years The Indonesian government will not increase electricity tariff until the next three years, an official said Wednesday. "There will be no power tariff hike in 2007, 2008 and 2009," said Purwono, director general of electricity with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Posted in Power supply @ 14 September 2006 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build nuclear power plant in 2010 The Indonesian government will begin the construction of a nuclear power plant in 2010 or 2011 as part of the country's energy diversification programme, a senior official said Monday. "Accordingly, the tender for the nuclear power plant construction should take place in 2008," Minister of Research and Technology Koesmayanto Kadiman was quoted as saying by news website Detikcom.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 11 September 2006 14:11 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


Outbreak of killer virus 'ignored' If statistics are anything to go by, Umar bin Aup should be dead. Seven weeks ago in his village, Rancasalak on the south-western coast of Java, dozens of hens including some of his family's 14 birds started dying for reasons no one could explain. Then, in early August, after hundreds of fowl had succumbed and at least three people in the area had died in mysterious circumstances, Umar, 16, came down with a fever. 'A day later, I was finding it hard to breathe and then I started vomiting,' he told The Observer as he convalesced at home surrounded by his nine siblings. 'I hadn't been sick for three years so it was a surprise to me.'

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 August 2006 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The conmen of Parangtritis What should have been a nice day driving around, became a very funny little adventure. Especially about some remarks that would be made in Parangtritis. Thinking back to this in fact ridiculous fact where four people can laugh about for a long time, it's time to do some efforts to go back writing a little bit. We go back just two days. Not too early the four of us get in the rental car (license plate starting with AB, so we are just like real Yogyakartans), to drive around for the afternoon; some beach, a little bit of disaster area south of Yogyakarta and then simply back home to eat.

Posted in Culture @ 25 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi brings back bad memories of 1994 eruption The sky went black, and a thunder-like roar filled the air. Some witnesses remember hearing one or two loud explosions. Few had time to see what Mount Merapi was bringing down upon them. Within seconds, a massive cloud of searing gas, volcanic debris and rocks had scythed into the village, incinerating everything in its path and killing 60 people, many of them attending a wedding.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 May 2006 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents ask to be evacuated as Merapi rumbles Residents of Sengi hamlet on the slope of Mt Merapi on Wednesday asked to be evacuated as they had heard rumbling sounds coming from the volcano's top. "They have been hearing the rumbling sounds since yesterday, an indication that Mount Merapi is to erupt," Tarno, Sengi hamlet head, said on Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 May 2006 20:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police name 41 suspects in the Tuban violence The police have identified 41 suspects in riots linked to the Tuban regental elections and are focusing on seven people believed to have masterminded the unrest, National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam said Monday. The naming of the suspects came after the questioning of 104 people believed to be involved in Saturday's vandalism, where the incumbent regent's residence and the office of the Tuban chapter of the General Election Commission were among the buildings burned down, Anton said.

Posted in Violence @ 02 May 2006 20:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt wants non-Muslims tried by Islamic court in Aceh The government insisted Tuesday that Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam should be tried by the planned Islamic Court in the predominantly Muslim province. State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra told the special committee deliberating a bill on the province's administration that non-Muslims accused of committing ordinary crimes, such as theft and adultery, would be tried under the sharia-inspired bylaws (qanun).

Posted in Religion @ 26 April 2006 21:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt states porn bill must target materials The government made its position clear on the pornography bill on Wednesday, stating the focus should be on limiting distribution of obscene materials instead of criminalizing personal conduct, particularly of women. "The government believes the eventual anti-porn law should be effective in protecting the nation from excessive exposure to pornographic material, thus it should touch more on how to regulate its distribution," State Minister for Women's Empowerment Meutia Hatta Swasono said after accompanying President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a meeting with the National Commission on Violence Against Women.

Posted in Politics @ 16 March 2006 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Revealing BPK audit may slash power rate hike The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) has found the actual cost for electricity generation for this year will be 4.3 percent lower than state power firm PT PLN's projection, sparking hope that a planned rate hike will be minimal or scrapped altogether. BPK revised down costs by Rp 4.9 trillion (US$524 million) to Rp 93.23 trillion, or Rp 833 per kiloWatthour (kWh), agency chief Anwar Nasution told reporters after submitting the audit report to the House of Representatives on Thursday. PLN previously estimated the average cost to generate one kWh of power at Rp 870.

Posted in Economy @ 09 March 2006 15:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Train roof caves in, 46 hospitalized Passengers related hearing frightening noises of creaking ironwork before the roof of an overcrowded train car caved in Friday morning in Jakarta, leaving hundreds injured in the ensuing panic. Witnesses said most people were hurt as they tried to escape, or were thrown from the roof when the train came to a sudden halt on the route from Rangkas Bitung in Banten to Kota, West Jakarta. At least 46 people were hospitalized.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 March 2006 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Couple told to support boy they adopted in Indonesia The Irish-Azerbaijani couple who adopted a two-month-old Indonesian boy in 2001, and two years later handed him over to an orphanage, have been ordered by the High Court in Dublin to support him until he reaches 18. Carol Coulter, Legal Affairs Correspondent, reports.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 24 February 2006 07:13 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


East Timor films banned by Indonesia Indonesia has banned three films about its long and bloody occupation of East Timor, saying that if local audiences were to see them it could "reopen old wounds" as the two countries try to move forward. The films had been scheduled for screenings at a film festival last month in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, but were pulled at the last minute.

Posted in General @ 11 January 2006 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Defense Ministry to revise budget for arms procurement, maintenance Indonesia`s Defense Ministry will in the near future revise its budget for purchase and maintenance of military weapons and equipment of the Indonesian Armed Forces following the lifting of the US arms embargo on Indonesia last week. "The Defense Ministry and the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) will soon evaluate the condition of military weapons and equipment, and we will also consider a revision of the budget for their supply and maintenance," Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono told ANTARA during a break in a hearing with the House`s Commission I here Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 03 December 2005 09:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian model to be freed soon after Bali verdict An Indonesian court in Bali on Friday found an Australian model guilty of illegally receiving ecstasy pills and sentenced her to three months in jail, but she will be freed within days because of time spent in custody. Michelle Leslie was detained by police before going to an outdoor party on the resort island on August 20, which means the 24-year-old woman should be free by Sunday.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 November 2005 13:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Fights, frustration mar fuel cash handouts It was billed as a way to cushion the blow for Indonesia's poorest of the poor. But efforts to compensate 15.5 million families with cash to offset steep hikes in fuel prices have instead triggered violence. Angry mobs have trashed homes of local officials. Old people have died standing in queues and a woman committed suicide after hearing she was not poor enough to qualify.

Posted in General @ 26 October 2005 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


New fares scares taxi passengers and drivers "No way I am using a taxi! Not unless it's an emergency, it's just way too expensive now," Tika, an employee in Palmerah, South Jakarta, said on hearing that taxi companies had increased their fares on Monday. Several taxi companies in Jakarta -- including Blue Bird, Primajasa, Ekspress, Dian, and Tiffani -- began operating with the new increased fare in accordance with the gubernatorial decree issued on Oct. 10.

Posted in Economy @ 19 October 2005 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Govt puts Newmont boss on trial Newmont Mining, the world's biggest goldminer, will stand trial in Indonesia on charges of polluting the sea with mine waste after a panel of judges rejected the company's efforts to have the case dismissed.

Posted in General @ 21 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's debt load accounts for 52 percent of GDP Indonesia's overseas and domestic debt loads stood at 1,282 trillion rupiah (around 128.2 billion US dollars) as of March this year, equivalent to some 52 percent of the country's gross domestic product, an official said Monday. "The figure comprises 624 trillion rupiah (62.4 billion dollars) of debt in foreign exchange and 658 trillion rupiah (65.8 billion dollars) in local currency," Minister of Finance Jusuf Anwar said in an open-door hearing with legislators at the parliament compound here.

Posted in Economy @ 19 September 2005 13:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top cop investigated for money laundering A general is among seven police officers facing an investigation launched by detectives at the National Police for alleged money laundering. Head of the National Police internal affairs division Insp. Gen. Yusuf Manggabarani said on Friday the investigation would likely start on Monday when he submits the seven names to the detectives.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2005 20:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may raise fuel prices by 50% in October Indonesia's government may raise fuel prices by at least 50 percent in October to avoid missing the budget deficit target as surging global prices boost the cost of subsidies, Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 September 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Airplane crash kills 141 in Indonesia An Indonesian jetliner crashed in a crowded residential neighborhood in the city of Medan shortly after takeoff Monday, killing 141 people, including 30 on the ground. Six passengers survived, officials said. The Mandala Airlines Boeing 737 was heading to Jakarta in overcast weather when it crashed seconds after takeoff, bursting into flames and sending thick clouds of black smoke high into the air.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


German national found murdered in Jakarta A 60-year-old German national was found dead in his home in the Indonesian capital with stab wounds to his back, neck and arm, local media reports said Tuesday. Police suspected the cable company consultant, identified as Helmut Klein, was a victim of a robbery as several of his belongings - including a laptop, camera and watch - were missing.

Posted in General @ 24 August 2005 08:57 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


Corby's last hearing brings in two Aussies After hearing testimony on Wednesday from two Brisbane-based employees of Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd., the Denpasar District Court closed the second trial for an Australian woman convicted of smuggling drugs into Bali.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 August 2005 14:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Pertamina: up to US$1.5b needed for fuel imports this month State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina needs 1.3-1.5 bln usd for fuel imports within the next 10 days to replenish national fuel stock levels following higher than expected consumption this month, Pertamina's president Widya Purnama said. Purnama said national fuel stock level has dropped to cover only 17.5 days of nationwide consumption against the normal level of 20 to 21 days.

Posted in Economy @ 20 June 2005 13:02 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


Court verdict raises civil rights fears in Indonesia Indonesia's commitment to free speech and civil rights was questioned yesterday after a Balinese student was sentenced to six months in jail for showing disrespect to the president.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2005 12:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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