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US Navy works with Indonesia to protect sunken gravesite US Navy underwater archeologists, in conjunction with Indonesian Navy divers, have assessed in an interim report that the wrecked vessel surveyed in the Java Sea in June is "consistent with the identification" of the World War II wreck of the cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), and that divers documented conclusive evidence of a pattern of unauthorized disturbance of the gravesite.

Posted in History @ 19 August 2014 13:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt saves 190 citizens facing death sentence overseas The government has claimed that it had saved at least 190 Indonesian citizens facing death sentence overseas through legal actions.

Posted in Crime @ 16 August 2014 00:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono attends Cap Go Meh celebration President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, flanked by First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, attended the "Cap Go Meh" celebration to mark the 15th day after the Chinese New Year here on Friday evening.

Posted in Religion @ 14 February 2014 22:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Usman-Harun navy ship to patrol eastern Indonesia' Deputy Navy Chief Vice Marshal Hari Bowo said the nations newest navy ship, the KRI Usman Harun, is to patrol along the eastern Indonesian coast. "It will operate in the eastern Indonesian waters. But it will also be operating in other areas, if necessary," Hari said.

Posted in Politics @ 08 February 2014 18:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN arrests Pakistani narcotic drug courier The Indonesian National Drugs Agency (BNN) has arrested a Pakistani narcotic drug courier at Jakartas Soekarno-Hatta airport, along with two Indonesians who are fellow syndicate members.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 February 2014 20:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Surabaya declares intention to be prostitution-free city Indonesias second biggest city, Surabaya, marked the commemoration of National Heroes Day on November 10 here on Sunday with a pledge to be a prostitution-free city.

Posted in General @ 10 November 2013 18:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian citizen jailed for smuggling heroin The District Court of Denpasar, Bali, sentenced Malasyian citizen Sargunan M Suppiah (37) to 12 years in jail here on Monday for smuggling 372 grams of heroin to Bali. Unlike others he did not swallow the illegal stuff or put it in his luggage to hide it from inspection but he hid it in his underwear.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 July 2013 19:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Senior journalist Djafar Assegaf passes away Senior journalist, Sayyid Dja`far bin Husein bin Ahmad Assegaf, better known as Djafar Assegaf, who was once the Indonesian ambassador to Vietnam passed away on Wednesday morning.

Posted in General @ 12 June 2013 11:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono leads Taufiq`s funeral ceremony President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led the funeral ceremony of Chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly Taufiq Kiemas at the Kalibata Heroes` Cemetery in South Jakarta on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2013 21:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


National flag half-mast at state palace for Taufiq Kiemas The national flag was raised half-mast at the state palace here on Sunday to mourn the death of the chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly (MPR), Taufiq Kiemas. The flag was also seen raised half-mast at the private residence of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Cikeas, Bogor, West Java.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2013 16:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gov`t to re-discuss Soeharto to become national heroes Social Affairs Ministry will discuss again names of two former Presidents namely Soeharto and Abdurrahman Wahid or Gus Dur, who have been proposed to become National Heroes.

Posted in General @ 24 April 2013 00:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods kill three, inundate 20 areas in Bandar Lampung Floods triggered by incessant downpours in Bandar Lampung, Lampung province, have killed three people and inundated 20 areas, according to an official.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 January 2013 13:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian man arrested with heroin in his underwear Sargunan M. Suppiah (37), a Malaysian national, has been arrested by Customs officials at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport carrying 372 grams of heroin concealed in his underwear. The drugs have a calculated street value of Rp. 855 million (US$87,200).

Posted in Drugs @ 12 January 2013 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Heroin smuggled from Malaysia seized The customs officers of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali have foiled an attempt to smuggle 372 grams of heroin, worth Rp855 million, from Malaysia into Indonesia.

Posted in Drugs @ 08 January 2013 22:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono calls on elites to build good political tradition President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on political elites here on Monday to develop a good political tradition with regard to preventing political disturbance.

Posted in Politics @ 13 August 2012 21:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Czech president Vaclac Klaus to visit Indonesia Czech President Vaclav Klaus will make a state visit to Indonesia on Saturday to Tuesday (July 8-10) as an invitation from Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in Politics @ 07 July 2012 05:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police destroy Rp1.1 trillion worth of drugs Jakarta Police destroyed various types of previously confiscated illegal drugs worth Rp1.1 trillion near Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, in Tangerang, Banten province, on Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 05 July 2012 10:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs officers foil drug smuggling attempt Customs authorities at Sultan Iskandar Muda international airport in Aceh Besar district, Aceh province, foiled an attempt to smuggle heroin and crystal methamphetamine (shabu-shabu) worth Rp9.975 billion on Sunday.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 June 2012 16:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono meets with new Timor Leste President Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with newly-installed Timor Leste President Jose Maria Vasconcelos, popularly known by his nom de guerre Taur Matan Ruak (Tetum for "Two Sharp Eyes"), as part of his two-day visit in the neighboring country on Sunday.

Posted in Protests @ 20 May 2012 10:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono receives British PM Cameron President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Merdeka Palace here on Wednesday afternoon for bilateral talks.

Posted in Politics @ 11 April 2012 13:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby refuses to be moved from Kerobokan penitentiary Schapelle Leigh Corby, the Australian prisoner over a narcotics case, has refused to be moved from the Kerobokan penitentiary in Badung that was burned during a riot on Tuesday night.

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


Jakarta police bust drug trafficking ring Jakarta police have busted a methamphetamine trafficking ring by arresting nine people who were about to distribute 16 kilograms of the drug in the capital.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 December 2011 02:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono names seven new national heroes President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono awarded hero titles to several national figures for their great contributions to the country here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2011 05:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-terrorist is now comic book hero The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked terrorist Nasir Abas have become a new comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from militant to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 September 2011 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy Indonesia editor released from jail after nine months The former editor of the short-lived Indonesian edition of Playboy magazine was released on Friday after the Supreme Court overturned his two-year jail sentence for public indecency.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 24 June 2011 23:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Life in prison for Malaysian drug trafficker in Indonesia A Malaysian man on Monday was sentenced to life in prison for trafficking over 3 kilograms of methamphetamine, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 May 2011 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical Islamic Indonesian group prays for bin Laden They chanted "Osama, Hero! ... Obama, Terrorist! ... Destroy America!" Hundreds of followers of the Islamic Defenders Front gathered Wednesday at its Jakarta headquarters to give Osama bin Laden "a million thanks and honor." They sang Islamic songs before chanting prayers for bin Laden.

Posted in Religion @ 05 May 2011 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Filipino woman sentenced to death for trafficking heroin A Filipino woman was sentenced to death on Wednesday for trafficking heroin in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the Manila Times reported. The Filipino woman, whose name is being held for privacy reasons, was arrested on April 25 at Adisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta by Customs authorities.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 October 2010 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia prosecutors say Australian must die Indonesian prosecutors said Monday an Australian on death row for drug smuggling must be executed in line with his original sentence, rejecting appeals for mercy from Australian police. Presenting their response to the appeal of Scott Rush, 24, against his death sentence, prosecutors said no new material had been presented to warrant a more lenient punishment.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 September 2010 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3.5 kilograms of heroin seized in port of Dumai The customs in Dumai have seized some 3.5 kilograms of heroin from Malaysia bound for Indonesia. The total value of the illegal drugs is estimated at some 6.5 billion Rupiah (580,000 euro). The drugs were seized after a 45-year-old woman was arrested after she arrived from Malaka in Malaysia with the Indomal Ekspress V.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 May 2010 10:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six terrorists arrested in Medan Once again the police has rounded up a number of terrorists. This time it was the city of Medan in North Sumatra that saw some of it's residents being taken away by police. They were arrested late Saturday evening and were found out to be involved with the network of Dulmatin, which has been hit hard earlier this year when the anti-terrorism unit came into action.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 April 2010 10:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three years longer in jail for Thai prisoner due to typo A Thai national was denied release and spent almost three additional years in a maximum-security prison in Indonesia because of a typing error, local media reported Friday. Kamjai was released on Thursday after he complained about his plight to Justice Minister Patrialis Akbar, who visited the island prison off the coast of Central Java on Wednesday for an inspection.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 April 2010 12:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur to become national hero soon? However he just died last week, Abdurrahman Wahid, or just Gus Dur, is already on the list to become a national hero if you ask his National Awakening Party (PKB). They are not alone in their question to make a national hero from one of the founders of modern-day democratic Indonesia, as many in Indonesia see him. His burial on December 31, 2009 had movie-star allure with thousands greeting his coffin.

Posted in Politics @ 04 January 2010 01:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saving turtles in Bali Bali's negative reputation as a center for the slaughter and sale of turtles is slowly changing, due to a number of heroic efforts such as the establishment of the Bali Turtle Education and Conservation Center established on Serangan Island five years ago.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2009 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1.8 kilograms of heroin: in prison for life A court in South Jakarta has demanded a life sentence for Raysi Yolanda, which smuggled 1.8 kilograms of heroin. The head of the judges of the South Jakarta court, Setia Untung Arimuladi, said yesterday that the demanded sentence was read to the suspect one day earlier.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 July 2009 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New 2.000 Rupiah banknote officially released The Indonesian central bank, Bank Indonesia, has officially launched the new 2.000 Rupiah banknote today. The banknote with a value of 2.000 Rupiah is an addition to the current set of available values of 1.000, 5.000, 10.000, 20.000, 50.000 and 100.000 Rupiah. Bank Indonesia states that the banknote is fulfilling a need among the Indonesian population to have a value between the much-used values of 1.000 and 5.000 Rupiah.

Posted in Economy @ 09 July 2009 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Two Canadians arrested for drugs on Lombok island Two Canadian women are facing four years' jail in Indonesia after being arrested while allegedly smoking a marijuana joint during their holiday, police said Thursday. The women, aged 31 and 30, were arrested in February on the eastern island of Lombok and remain in custody, police said.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 April 2009 05:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


More executions likely to follow in Indonesia Bali Post reports that the execution last week of the three Bali Bombers will serve to accelerate the date of the execution of those members of the "Bali Nine" sitting on death row in Baliís Kerobokan prison. A Junior Chief State Prosecutor, Abdul Hakim Ritonga, told the press in Jakarta said that orders have been issued to create a formal list of all those on death row, a list that is expected to be in hand before the end of the current year.

Posted in Crime @ 17 November 2008 00:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


107 additional flights during Lebaran holidays The Lebaran Holiday period, which stretches for more than two weeks in the periods prior and post the Idul Fitri celebrations on October 1-2, 2008, will be the busiest travel period of the entire year in Bali and the rest of Indonesia.

Posted in Ramadan @ 27 September 2008 06:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


24 foreigners housed in Bali's Kerobokan prison Antara News Agency estimates that 24 foreign nationals are now housed as prisoners in Denpasar's main Kerobokan prison. The prisonís warden, Yon Suharyono, said, "of the number, 18 are convicted prisoners and six detainees." Detainees are traditionally held at the prison while awaiting trial.

Posted in Crime @ 25 August 2008 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia executes two Nigerian drug smugglers The shots that rang out across an isolated Indonesian island today were a chilling warning for three Australians on death row. Police marched two Nigerian men into Nirbaya forest on an island off Central Java, handcuffed them to two poles and opened fire. Their crime was to smuggle heroin into a country with some of the toughest drug laws in the world.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 June 2008 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


 Indonesia to speed up drug executions Indonesia says it will speed up the execution process of drug traffickers, in a major blow for three Australians on death row for heroin smuggling. As authorities prepared for the executions last night of two Nigerian heroin smugglers, Attorney-General Hendarman Supandji said other drug offenders on death row could expect their cases to be expedited.

Posted in Drugs @ 26 June 2008 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute two drug traffickers soon Authorities in Indonesia are making final preparations to the execution of two convicted drug traffickers, this was announced by an official yesterday. "We are currently preparing the execution of two people who have been sentenced to death for drug offenses," attorney general's office spokesman Bonaventura Daulat Nainggolan told. He didn't give any names, but said that they both had gone through all the options for appeal and their demand for clemency was rejected by the president as well.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 May 2008 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia not to execute three of the Bali Nine Indonesia's Supreme Court has reduced the death sentences handed down to three Australians convicted of drugs smuggling to life imprisonment. The Australians' lawyer today announced that the Jakarta court issued its ruling a few days ago. Neither the Indonesian nor the Australian authorities have confirmed the news.

Posted in Drugs @ 06 March 2008 11:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's Air Paradise to fly no more The inclusion of the name of PT Air Paradise Indonesia in a list of airlines whose operating licenses have been withdrawn by the Government due to prolonged non-operations may spell the final epitaph in the heroic efforts of a Balinese businessman to create a Bali-based international airline.

Posted in General @ 03 February 2008 04:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security chief busted with narcotics inside prison Tempo Interaktif reports that Bali's Chief of Police, Inspector General Paulus Purwoko, has ordered anti-narcotic raids at all of Bali's prisons. The order follows the recent capture and arrest of Muhammad Sudrajad, the Chief of Security at Bali's Kerobokan for his alleged involvement a narcotics transaction and further reports of his involvement in a large drug ring at the prison.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 September 2007 11:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali Nine appeal to challenge death sentence Lawyers of the convicted Bali Nine drug trafficker Scott Rush say experts on international law will speak in the constitutional court of Indonesia next week to appeal against his death sentence. Rush is one of nine Australians aught smuggling eight kilograms of heroin out of Indonesia.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 April 2007 03:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Wisnu Park completed by October 2008 According to the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia, President Bambang Susilo Yudhoyono has expressed the wish that the 250-hectare cultural park and monument Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) complex on Bali's Ungasan peninsula can be finally complete by October 2008, in time for the World Cultural Festival planned in Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 April 2007 03:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Indonesia tries to save historic rack railway Indonesian tourism is synonymous with Bali - the jet-set crowd, European tourists and hippy backpackers flocking to the resort island to hit the beaches and health spas. But for travellers with more discriminating tastes, specifically a thirst for the country's railway history, an historic town on the main island of Java is the place to be.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's silence on Timor Leste crisis For two months Timor Leste has gone through its worst crisis since its independence. Much of the country's trade and economy depend on us. Much of the geo-political space in which it has to pursue its foreign policy, and to achieve stability and justice, depends on us. They use our language, even smoke the same kretek cigarettes as we do. And, in the most fundamental sense, they had suffered under "our" harsh occupation. Yet, with a few exceptions, many prefer to remain silent, ignoring their sorry plight. Why?

Posted in History @ 16 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali sentences stoke tensions with Indonesia Australia was last night bracing itself for more tension with Indonesia following the death sentences handed down to two Bali Nine ringleaders and the life sentences that will possibly see the other ring members die in Indonesian jails. Andrew Chan, 22, and Myuran Sukumaran, 24, were convicted of drug smuggling at Denpasar District Court and face death by firing squad unless they launch a successful appeal or are granted a presidential pardon.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 February 2006 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Firing squad for two Australian drug smugglers Two Australians were sentenced to death by firing squad today for leading a drug smuggling ring on Indonesiaís resort island of Bali. The trials of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were being closely watched in Australia, which opposes the death penalty and where stiff sentences for drug offences have in the past sparked public outcry.

Posted in Drugs @ 14 February 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 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


Prosecutors demand second death penalty for 'Bali Nine' Indonesian prosecutors asked a court on Thursday to sentence to death another one of the alleged ring leaders of a drug smuggling operation involving nine Australians dubbed the 'Bali Nine'. Prosecutors demanded the death penalty for Australian Andrew Chan, 21, who was arrested April 17 at a hotel in Bali during a sting operation on an organized drug smuggling network on the resort island.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 January 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Ex-general who organized 1st democratic elections dies Rudini, the retired Indonesian general who organized Indonesia's first democratic general elections in 1999, died of illness late Saturday at the age of 76, according to Indonesian media reports Sunday. According to the reports, Rudini died at 11:15 p.m. Saturday at a hospital in South Jakarta where he had been hospitalized for heart and kidney problems. He was buried in a military funeral Sunday at the Kalibata Heroes' Cemetery.

Posted in General @ 23 January 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia expects death penalty backlash Indonesia is braced for a public backlash in Australia against any death sentences meted out to the Bali Nine. Prosecutors in Denpasar will in the next fortnight start making sentence demands for the nine Australians, who were arrested last April over a failed bid to smuggle 8kg of heroin worth $4 million from Bali to Sydney.

Posted in Drugs @ 06 January 2006 07:12 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


Back to Bali: Bombs, cocktails and surfers I managed to hop over to Bali for a few days last week in order to both soothe my metro madness and also to see how the old island was faring after the recent bombings. Lion Air did the honors for about Rp 900,000 return, which is pretty good value, I guess, although anyone hovering around the six-foot-tall mark will have a few comfort issues to deal with when trying to squeeze into their cattle-class seats. After 90 minutes with my knees around my chin we touched down at Ngurah Rai airport in the rain and a taxi whisked me down to Legian.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 December 2005 00:00 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


Azahari, hard work and stupidity If there was ever an occasion when the words "terrorism" and "good news" can ever be used in the same sentence, then Wednesday's police raid that led to the death of bombmaker Dr. Azahari was certainly one of them. It had been a long time coming. The work of the notorious Demolition Man is believed to have been behind four of the worst terrorist attacks in Indonesia -- the Bali bombings of 2002, the JW Marriott Hotel bombing in 2003, the Kuningan bombing in Jakarta in 2004, and last month's bombings in Kuta and Jimbaran.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three recognized as national heroes in state ceremony President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono posthumously bestowed the title of National Hero on three Indonesians on Wednesday to mark National Heroes Day, which falls on Nov. 10. The three figures are the late Kiras Bangun from North Sumatra, the late Bagindo Azizchan from West Sumatra and the late Andi Abdullah Bau Masseppe from South Sulawesi.

Posted in General @ 10 November 2005 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Court appearance for alleged drug ringleader In Indonesia, the alleged ringleader of the so called Bali nine heroin smuggling ring has appeared in court for the first time. The eight men and one woman were arrested in Bali in April, accused of attempting to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin to Australia. The prosecution indictment casts 21 year old Australian Andrew Chan as the leader of the group.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 October 2005 10:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine Austrailans go on trial in Indonesia over drug charges The first trials of nine Australians accused of trying to smuggle nearly nine kilograms of heroin from the Indonesian island of Bali to Sydney are due to begin later in the day. All nine face charges of possession and trafficking heroin, with Indonesian prosecutors seeking the death penalty in each of the cases.

Posted in Drugs @ 11 October 2005 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels begin surrendering weapons Dozens of rebels from the Free Aceh Movement, or GAM, came to the regional capital of Banda Aceh Thursday to hand in a total of 78 weapons to international monitors from the European Union and Asian nations. Scores of GAM fighters rode onto a football field, and watched under the scorching sun, as their leaders handed over weapon after weapon to members of the Aceh Monitoring Mission.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 September 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia questions Australian drugs suspect An Australian woman has been arrested on the Indonesian island of Bali on suspicion of possessing drugs. Michelle Leslie, 24, was detained on Saturday at a party near Kuta for allegedly being in possession of two amphetamine tablets. The tablets in question are now being tested.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 August 2005 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-drugs tsar picked to head Indonesia police Indonesia's top anti-narcotics policeman, who also has also played a prominent role in several terrorism cases, has been chosen to head the national police force, the president said on Monday. Commissioner General Sutanto, a long-time confidant of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has led the anti-narcotics agency since February 2005.

Posted in General @ 27 June 2005 14:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian drug smuggler gets 20 years in jail The Indonesian court in Bali Friday morning sentenced 27-year-old Australian beauty therapist Schapelle Corby to 20 years' imprisonment for trafficking 4.1 kilograms of marijuana into the resort island last year, which is much less than the life imprisonment proposed by the prosecutors.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 May 2005 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Police kill Nepalese drug peddler in Jakarta Police raided a house near Indonesia's capital and shot and killed and a Nepali man suspected of supplying heroin to nine Australians arrested on the island of Bali earlier this month, an official said on Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 April 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali Nine linked to major drug syndicate Indonesian police have revealed they are now investigating links between the alleged Australian heroin traffickers, who have become known as the "Bali Nine", and a major international drug syndicate being pursued by the world's narcotic agencies. Indonesia's drugs squad has confirmed that a 29-year-old Nepalese man was shot and killed by officers during a raid on his house north of Jakarta on Wednesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia-Africa leaders pay nostalgic Indonesian visit Leaders of nations from South Africa to North Korea came to this former Dutch colonial hill station on Sunday to honor political pioneers who set the stage for the Non-Aligned Movement 50 years ago. Arriving from Jakarta in a fleet of jetliners, leaders and representatives of some 100 countries retraced the steps taken by the heads of 29 Asian and African governments who met here in 1955 to seek a path apart from the Soviet and U.S. sides of the Cold War divide.

Posted in Politics @ 24 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian officials support drug-smuggling arrests Australian officials spent 10 weeks helping Indonesia mount a case against nine Australians who could now face the death penalty following their arrest for trying to smuggle heroin out of the tourist island of Bali, the government said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia executes 51-year-old woman for murder, mutilation Indonesia on Sunday executed a 51-year-old housewife found guilty of murdering and mutilating three women within four years. Astini, also known as Bu Lakri, was shot by a 12-member East Java Police firing squad at 1:20 a.m. local time, said A.F. Darmawan, chief of the special crime unit at the area's High Prosecution Office. Astini's lawyer, Ida Sampit Karo Karo, and a police doctor were among those present at the execution.

Posted in Politics @ 20 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia defends death penalty Indonesia's attorney general on Tuesday defended the country's death penalty, saying it deterred crime and that abolishing it would send the "wrong message." Jakarta recently executed by firing squad an Indian and two Thai nationals for smuggling drugs into the country. The killings, the first since 2001, triggered criticism by the European Union and human rights groups.

Posted in Human rights @ 12 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


City buys up slums to turn into park In an effort to increase the number of green spaces in densely populated areas, the City Parks Agency plans to add six more community parks to the existing 54. The agency has been acquiring plots of land in six locations in Kemayoran district, Central Jakarta, and Meruya district in West Jakarta. "We have finished the land acquisition in three locations and are still negotiating the acquisition of three other sites," agency head Sarwo Handhayani said at City Hall on Monday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 19 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nigerian drug smuggler sent to death row The Tangerang District Court handed down another death sentence on Wednesday; to a Nigerian citizen, Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, 39, who was convicted of smuggling 1.2 kilograms of heroin into the country from Pakistan in December. The court granted the prosecutors' call for the death penalty but did not fine him the requested Rp 50 million (EUR 4450).

Posted in Drugs @ 02 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indian national executed for drug smuggling An Indian national was executed by firing squad early on Thursday for smuggling heroin into Indonesia, despite opposition from international human rights groups, officials said. "We confirmed that the execution of (Chaubey) has been carried out," said on official at North Sumatra's prosecutor's office. The execution of Ayodhya Prasad Chaubey, 65, took place at about 2:30 a.m. at a secret location in North Sumatra province, 1,575 kilometres northwest of Jakarta.

Posted in Drugs @ 05 August 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Well donít get scared or shocked after having a look at the pictures above because thatís not pics from Iraq, Somalia, Palestine or even Aceh. But from my most favorite military enthusiast club Code 4 where I myself am a member Ė a club that is very different from any sports club. A sport where one can almost feel the hardship, experience of a true fighting soldier in a fun simulated war situation.

Posted in General @ 28 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Thousands trapped as Gunung Egon threatens to explode Thousands of people are stranded around Mt Egon on Flores Island in East Nusa Tenggara, since the volcano began showing signs of activity on Thursday, a local government official said on Friday. Sikka district official Dominikus Pariera said more than a thousand people have been unable to flee the volcano due to transportation difficulties.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 January 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia welcomes capture of Saddam Indonesia has welcomed news of Saddam Hussein's capture by US forces, saying his arrest should help Iraqis to govern their own nation. "The capture of Saddam Hussein is long overdue," Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa was quoted as saying by Reuters. "It is our hope that his capture will help speed up the process of reconciliation and the transition toward a democratic government of Iraq, where sovereignty is restored in the hands of the Iraqi people," he added.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Public places beef up security after warnings As a bomb expert who once lectured in Yogyakarta remains at large, efforts to beef up security continues at possible targets for terror bombs. Among them are the Kem Chicks market in Kemang, South Jakarta, which is a favorite shopping spot for expatriate Jakartans and their families. "We had tightened security even before the media released the news on possible targets, as most of our guests are foreigners," said the store manager on duty on Friday, who requested anonymity. The source said additional security personnel have been deployed to safeguard the store once the police revealed it as a possible target.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire guts Hero supermarket in Menteng Fire gutted the Hero supermarket on Jl. Cokroaminoto, Menteng, Central Jakarta on Tuesday morning, but no fatalities or injuries were reported. Sugeng Riyadi, an official from the South Jakarta firedepartment, said 23 fire trucks were sent to the scene. The fire started at around 4:30 a.m. It is investigating the cause of the fire.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 November 2003 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


Two Nigerians sentenced to death, fines for drug trafficking The Tangerang District Court on Thursday sentenced to death two Nigerian nationals and fined them Rp 500 million (US$58,823) for violating Article 82 of Law No. 22/1997 on illegal narcotics and Article 55 of the Criminal Code on organized crime. Presiding judge Permadi said that defendants Michael Titus Igweh, 23, and Hillary K. Chimezia, 27, were found guilty of running an organized drug trafficking ring.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeks truth behind events of 1965 What really happened during the 1965 'aborted coup' that prompted a regime change in Indonesia - from founding president Sukarno to Suharto? That is what a team set up by the government hopes to find out. Comprising independent and noted historians, it has been given a year to come up with the truth, Minister of National Education Abdul Malik Fadjar said on Wednesday.

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


Just as they have in the developed world, big-box hypermarkets, which are taking over the top end of the retail trade, are causing severe dislocations in the rest of Indonesia's food chain, from smaller supermarkets down to wet markets to the warungs where housewives sell cigarettes and candy out of their living room windows.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Request for street named after Saddam An Indonesian legislator has proposed that a street in the capital, Jakarta, be renamed after Saddam Hussein to commemorate what he calls the heroic struggle of the Iraqi people against the US-led invasion. Sabam Sirait, a member of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, is quoted in the Jakarta Post as saying he has asked the party's Jakarta branch and the city council to pursue the plan.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 April 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saddam underdog hero in Indonesia Saddam Hussein has gained a place on the streets of Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 April 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court: Death to ecstasy maker An Indonesia court on Monday sentenced a Dutch citizen to death for operating what police say was one of the biggest ecstasy factories in Southeast Asia. Judge M. Hatta Ali found Ang Kiem Soei, a Dutch citizen of Chinese descent, guilty of producing and selling illegal drugs.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 January 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


East Timor wants less military at Indonesia border East Timor said on Monday it wants its land border with Indonesia to be gradually de-militarised and hopes all frontier disputes with its former ruler can be solved by next year. The tiny territory voted overwhelmingly to split from Jakarta's rule in 1997 but the vote unleashed an orgy of killing by pro-Indonesia militia gangs, some of whom still exist in the border areas.

Posted in Military @ 07 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


After four years of Indonesia holidays, I have learned several things. A little bit of language ( Iím far from happy with the current results indeed ), a little culture, food, climate and environment. But the thing I would like to tell you about this time is public transport in a variety of different Ďproductsí as I call it. In fact it should not be that different from your own means of transport, but remember that you have to give up your bike and car for your transport. A car was not my problem yet, I used to do everything by bike, because the city life in a small city like Eindhoven ( pop. 200,000 ) in the Netherlands is about the same mess as the daily Jakarta life. No harm done, by bike you can enjoy special routes and roads for bikers only. Imagine that..

Posted in Travel @ 28 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gusmao sweeps East Timor poll East Timor's former resistance leader, Xanana Gusmao, completed his transformation yesterday from jungle fighter to global statesman when he took an unassailable lead in the fledgling nation's first ever presidential election. With more than 90% of the votes counted, the former poet and seminarian, who says he would rather be a photographer or farmer than a politician, has 79% of the votes.

Posted in General @ 17 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new autonomy law introduced last year immediately encouraged many Indonesians to set up television stations in remote cities far away from the bustling capital, where the current nationwide stations dominate the landscape of free-TV.

Posted in Culture @ 16 March 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


History is all about today. It helps us understand where we are and where we are heading. Indonesians are confused about the future because so much of their past has been covered up.

Posted in Economy @ 19 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Members of the Penan tribe of northeastern Borneo know that Batu Lawi, a 2,000-m sheer limestone pinnacle, is a demon-haunted place to be avoided at all costs. To Bruno Manser, however, Batu Lawi represented everything he loved about the untouched forest of the region. He almost perished trying to reach its summit in 1988. As he told friends, he spent 24 hours hanging from a rope, unable to reach the rock face. Only a desperate swing brought him within grabbing distance of the rock.

Posted in Culture @ 01 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long-simmering tensions between indigenous Dayaks and immigrant Madurese suddenly exploded in the town of Sampit, Central Kalimantan, in the middle of February 2001. Within days, isolated killings perpetrated by both sides had developed into a one-sided massacre of Madurese by enraged Dayaks. In the following weeks the killings spread to other areas in the province and by early April almost the entire Madurese population had fled the province. The massacre of about 500 Ė and possibly many more - Madurese by Dayaks and the flight of virtually the entire Madurese community closely resembled two similar events in the Sambas district in the northern part of West Kalimantan in 1996-7 and in 1999 and highlighted the danger of violence spreading to West and East Kalimantan.

Posted in Violence @ 27 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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