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MUI demands drop of judicial review of interfaith marriage law The Indonesia Council of Ulemas (MUI) has asked the countrys Constitutional Court (MK) to drop the case of judicial review on inter-religious marriages as it would benefit no one.

Posted in Religion @ 18 September 2014 19:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Antigraft activists applaud Akil’s life sentence A leading antigraft watchdog has applauded the Anti-Corruption Court’s decision to sentence former Constitutional Court chief justice Akil Mochtar to life in prison. “This verdict will not only give a deterrent effect but also send a message to other law enforcers not to commit corruption or take bribes,” said Emerson Yuntho, the legal monitoring coordinator of the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 July 2014 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious affairs minister suspect in corruption case Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 01:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI confirmed member lent gun to friend for attacking party The military (TNI) had confirmed that its member chief private Heri had lent his gun to Rasyidin and Umar to attack the National Democrats Party (Nasdem)s office in North Aceh, recently.

Posted in Violence @ 26 March 2014 23:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Court meets Antasari's demand over judicial review The Constitutional Court (MK) met Antasari Azhars demand on Thursday allowing the former chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to file another judicial review over his case.

Posted in Crime @ 06 March 2014 21:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Atut, Wawan corruption suspects over health equipment procurement The Banten Province Governor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah and her brother, Tubagus Chaeri Wardana, have been named corruption suspects in connection with the procurement of health equipment worth Rp30 billion in the province in 2011-2013.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 January 2014 22:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


265 Indonesian migrant workers on foreign death rows Some 265 migrant workers from Indonesia are facing the death penalty in countries such as Malaysia, China and Saudi Arabia, Migrant Care founder Anis Hidayah said.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2013 20:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia marks International Anti-Corruption Day Indonesia marked International Anti-Corruption Day as well as Human Rights Day at a function held in the Presidential Palace, here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2013 19:03 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


Former Bali tourism official put in prison Bali’s former chief of Tourism for the province of Bali (Kadisparda), I Gede Nurjaya, became an inmate at Bali’s Kerobokan prison on January 2, 2013, starting the final chapter on a long and sometimes tortuous journey through the legal system.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 January 2013 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor: 'Lindsay's death sentence fair' Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika said the death sentence for British national Lindsay June Sandiford was fair. "We must honor the court`s ruling. They must have calculated consequences in narcotic crimes," he said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 January 2013 17:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Supreme Court judge Achmad Yamanie discharged Members of the Ethics Council of the Supreme Court and the Judicial Commission decided on Tuesday to dishonorably discharge chief justice Achmad Yamanie for his act of changing a sentence ruling for a narcotic convict.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 December 2012 19:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court rules oil, gas law against constitution The Constitutional Court (MK) has ruled that articles governing the tasks and functions of the Upstream Oil and Gas Executive Agency (BP Migas) in the oil and gas law run counter to the 1945 Constitution.

Posted in General @ 13 November 2012 19:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NU: 'Disappointment by Supreme Court ruling drug convict' An Islamic leader has expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court`s decision to revoke the death penalty for the convicted owner of a narcotic drug factory, Hengky Gunawan.

Posted in Religion @ 04 October 2012 23:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


446 Indonesian boat crew still at Australian detention cells A total of 446 Indonesian boat crew members are still held in Australian prisons until this month for smuggling asylum seekers to that country, an ambassador said.

Posted in Crime @ 19 September 2012 17:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens on death row over narcotics in Indonesia Fifty-eight people convicted and sentenced to death in narcotics cases are awaiting execution in Indonesian prisons.

Posted in Drugs @ 09 June 2012 09:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK detains Miranda Goeltom Former Bank Indonesia senior deputy governor Miranda Goeltom was detained on Friday as a suspect in an alleged bribery case, in connection with her election to her post in 2004.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 June 2012 18:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP supports Yusril`s attempt to review budget law A legislator from an opposition party has expressed support for a former minister`s request at the Constitutional Court (MK) for a judicial review of a newly approved clause in the Law on the 2012 Revised State Budget.

Posted in Politics @ 02 April 2012 16:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court to arrange illegitimate child rights Chairman of the Indonesian Constitutional Court Mahfud MD called on the ministers of religious affairs and Interior affairs to immediately follow the decision of the Court relating to a judicial decision on Act No. 1 of 1974 relating to marriage.

Posted in General @ 28 February 2012 08:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court scraps unjust rule on extra-marital children The Indonesian Constitutional Court (MK) has invalidated a long-standing legal rule stipulating that a child born outside an official marriage only has a civil relationship with its mother and not with its father.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2012 08:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Govt considering to dissolve regional corruption courts The Law and Human Rights Ministry is considering civil society calls for the dissolution of regional corruption courts in light of their frequent failures to convict corruption defendants, the ministry`s vice chief said.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 November 2011 14:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace accused of illegal activities Lawmakers have called on the government to review the existence of Greenpeace in Indonesia following a series of incidents that they say were triggered by the organization's reluctance to comply with the country's laws.

Posted in Environment @ 27 October 2011 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1 of 5 Indonesian judges corrupt - official Indonesia's Judicial Commission chief said 20 percent of Indonesian judges are corrupt, participating in bribes and failing to maintain independent during cases, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 March 2011 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government vows to tackle corruption in 2011 The Indonesian government has vowed to tackle corruption in 2011 as accorded in a meeting with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 December 2010 14:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK chief candidates undergo interviews Seven candidates for the position of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman start the interview section of the selection round Thursday. The interviews, held at the Justice and Human Rights Ministry, will be taped and broadcast live through a closed-circuit network in the building.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 August 2010 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali customs destroy illegal alcohol cache Bali's Customs Office bulldozed 2,824 bottles of contraband alcohol on Friday, May 6, 2010, in the parking lot of their Bali Ngurah Rai Airport offices. The bottles of wine and hard liquor were estimated to have a value of Rp. 600 million (US$ 65,200) were seized in a number of raids conducted by Bali Customs Officers in 2009 and 2010 on illegal caches of booze not bearing official duty stamps.

Posted in Crime @ 12 May 2010 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nothing wrong with Blue Bird Bali The latest chapter in the continuing saga of challenges to the continued operation of Blue Bird Taxis or PT Praja Bali Transportasi has seen the provincial government announce that a meeting of a judicial team of government officials have concluded the troubled taxi service is "technically legal."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 March 2010 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In court because of a bee-sting A court in Indonesia has decided not to sentence a boy after he stung a class-mate with a bee. The now nine year old David Yusuf could be sentenced to three years in prison for severe abuse, but the judges decided to let him walk. The case dragged on for almost a year.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 02 February 2010 01:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From hotel room to standard prison cell Artalyta Suryani, a businesswoman convicted for corruption, thought she had it all figured out after she was put in prison for her crime. Her cell in the Pondok Bambu prison in East Jakarta was turned into a hotel room in which she was supposed to stay for a few years. Her 64 square meter large room had a large bed, flat0screen television, refrigerator and air-conditioning.

Posted in Crime @ 22 January 2010 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Team SBY finds 'hotel rooms' in prisons The authorities in Indonesia have been put in the spotlight by a prison scandal in the capital Jakarta. This scandal erupted yesterday after media published about very luxury housing for some wealthy prisoners in some prisons in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 13 January 2010 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New anti-corruption force put to work President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has officially formed a workgroup to combat the rampant mafia hukum, or corruption among lawmakers and enforcers of the law in the country. The new workgroup should be put into active duty right away to clean up Indonesia's heavily corrupted system of law. The law has been signed by Yudhoyono on December 30, 2009.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 January 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional court allows voting by identity card The Constitutional Court decided on Monday evening that unregistered voters are allowed to exercise their voting right in next Wednesday`s presidential poll by showing their identity cards. "We hereby partially accept the judicial review request," Constitutional Court Chairman Mahfud M.D. said when reading the court's decision on a request for a judicial review of Law No. 42 / 2008 on Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections here on Monday.

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2009 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court overturns Suharto libel decision Indonesia's Supreme Court has reversed a $93 million libel ruling against Time magazine over a story about the late president Suharto. The court overturned its earlier decision that Time had defamed Suharto in a May 1999 article alleging he had amassed a vast fortune through corruption.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2009 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby gets out of prison to go to beauty salon Convicted Australian drugs trafficker Schapelle Corby, who is currently serving 20 years in prison for the attempted smuggling marijuana from Bali to Australia, spent several hours in a beauty salon to have her hair and nails done. The 30-year-old was convicted of smuggling 4.1 kilograms of marijuana in 2005. Together with two security guards she was brought to a beauty salon in the Balinese capital of Denpasar. The salon is near a hospital where she has been treated for depression, according to witnesses.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 03 July 2008 05:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors choose Central Java to execute Bali bombers Indonesian prosecutors said on Friday that Central Java has been selected for the venue to execute three convicted militants in death row for their key roles in the 2002 Bali bombings. "We are now asking approval from the Ministry of Justice," deputy attorney general Abdul Halim Ritonga was quoted by leading news website Detikcom as saying.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2008 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bombers execution not in near future The Indonesian Attorney Generals Office (AGO) said Tuesday the execution of three convicted Bali bombers must wait their decision whether or not they ask a presidential pardon. "They have said earlier they will never ask for a presidential pardon. But if they will, then we must wait," AGO spokesman Bonaventura Nainggolan told reporters here.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 March 2008 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 Former Garuda Indonesia pilot jailed for activist’s murder Indonesia’s supreme court has sentenced a former Garuda Indonesia airline pilot to 20 years in prison for the 'politically' motivated murder of one of the country’s leading human rights activist, it was announced on Friday. A court spokesman said the judges found Pollycarpus Priyanto killed Munir Thalib by poisoning his drink at Singapore’s Changi airport on September 7, 2004 while they chatted during a stopover of Munir’s flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 25 January 2008 14:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Bali bombers 'likely to die' The three Bali bombers on death row in Bali are likely to be executed even if a court revokes the law permitting executions, a human rights campaigner says. Islamic militants Imam Samudra, Ali Ghufron and the so-called smiling terrorist Amrozi, are on death row in Indonesia for their parts in the October 2002 nightclub bombings, which killed 202 people including 88 Australians.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 October 2007 16:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amrozi's last effort to avoid firing squad rejected The Indonesia Supreme Court has rejected a request for a judicial review filed by - one of three terrorist sentenced to death for their role in the October 12, 2002, that claimed the lives of 202 people and seriously injured scores of others.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2007 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia preps controversial mining law Indonesia’s Director General of Mining said the government is hoping Parliament will approve a new mining law in March forcing companies to process ore within Indonesia instead of exporting it to foreign smelters. Director General Simon Sembiring said the new law aims to ensure that "mining ore must be processed into metal in Indonesia" but that it will allow existing mine operations a period of transition.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 05 January 2007 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indecency, Indonesian-style I do not have any official role within the Indonesian judicial system. But I do feel like I can provide an important advisory service in the trial of Erwin Arnada, editor of the new Indonesian edition of Playboy, who faces up to 32 months in prison for putting out a magazine with indecent pictures. I may not know much about the law or Islam, but I do know an awful lot about indecency.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2006 11:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Bombers warned to file appeal within a month or face firing squad Indonesia's Attorney General's Office(AGO) is giving the lawyers of the three 2002 Bali bombing convicts until the end of the month to file for a Supreme Court review of their cases or it will set an execution date in the near future. "The date will be set if there is no further legal intervention from their lawyers along the way," said attorney general Abdul Rahman, who believes the three bombers should be executed soon to avoid further delays.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2006 09:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia agonises over search for clean judges Achmad Ali shifted uncomfortably, constantly adjusting his collar as he was interviewed by the Indonesian Judicial Commission about joining the nation's highest legal body, the Supreme Court. Like most Indonesians, the university law school dean is an avid user of SMS phone messaging. Commission members were complaining about being besieged by pleas to ignore reports that Mr Ali was under investigation for embezzling law school funds.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 November 2006 04:32 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


Amrozi prefers lethal injection over firing squad However a representative of the Indonesian police told media that the death penalty for Amrozi and his fellow bombers will be the firing squad, Amrozi rejects such a death. He prefers a lethal injection or the electric chair. This was spoken out by Achmad Michdan yesterday in a discussion over the way of executing death penalties in Indonesia. According to Michdan, Amrozi and the other convicted Bali bombers prefer to be executed according to islamic regulation, instead of being shot to death. "According to islamic regulations, a person who is convicted to the death penalty should not feel any pain when they are actually executed."

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2006 13:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 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


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


Speedy release of Suharto's son raises questions In 2002, the superrich son of former dictator Suharto was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the murder of judge, a verdict hailed as a watershed in Indonesia's battle to create a legal system capable of punishing the powerful. But this month - just four years later - Tommy Suharto is due for release on parole.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute Christians despite clemency request Indonesia will execute three Christians, on death row for triggering sectarian violence among a mob in 2000, despite renewed pleas for clemency earlier this week, National Police chief General Sutanto said here on Wednesday. General Sutanto said the men's fresh bid for pardon would not be valid due to it being against the country's law, which does not allow two requests to be submitted within two years of each other.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 August 2006 06:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 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


Indonesia trims sentences for Bali bombing convicts At least 10 people convicted for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people had their sentences cut on Thursday to mark Indonesia's independence day, allowing one of them to walk free from prison. Australia said victims and their families would be upset by the decision. Most of those killed were foreign tourists, including 88 Australians.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2006 15:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI prepares to execute three convicted in Bali bombings Indonesia is preparing to execute three men convicted in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, as their lawyers plan to lodge appeals next month. Imam Samudra, Amrozi and Ali Gufron have been on death row for more than two years since being convicted of playing key roles in Indonesia's worst terrorist attack.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 July 2006 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Faiths take joint stand against new decree Christian leaders and members of the Ahmadiyah group presented a united stand Friday in opposing the revised decree on places of worship, and threatened to ignore it unless it is changed to meet their demands. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), meanwhile, is also dismayed by what it considers the disproportional accommodation of other religions.

Posted in Politics @ 25 March 2006 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt set to examine sharia bylaws The Home Affairs Ministry will review regional bylaws amid the issuance of sharia-based regulations by several administrations, which critics say impinge on the rights of minorities. "We have asked local administrations to send their regional bylaws for evaluation," Home Affairs Minister M. Ma'ruf confirmed Monday. The review process would also involve other related ministries, he added.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Many admit to bribing officials In what is seen as further proof that corruption is entrenched in Indonesian society, up to 30 percent of Indonesian adults may have bribed officials in 2005 for speedy government service in obtaining either an ID card, a driver's license or a business permit. This fact was revealed in the 2005 Global Corruption Barometer, a report issued by Transparency International. The report was submitted on Friday to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who has made the fight against graft one of his top priorities.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2005 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia deploys British arms against protesters British military equipment is being used by the Indonesian authorities against civilians in remote parts of the country. Despite promises by Foreign Office ministers that UK arms exported to the country are not used for internal repression, a photograph seen by The Observer shows a British-made Tactica water cannon vehicle deployed in the troubled eastern province of West Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 November 2005 11:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy orders hitman arrest dead or alive A marine soldier who was sentenced to death for killing a businessman in 2003 has managed to escape for the second time from the military prison in Cibinong, West Java. Following the prison break, Commander of the Navy's Military Police Commodore Sunarko A.G. issued on Monday an order to capture Suud Rusli, the marine soldier, "dead or alive."

Posted in Crime @ 08 November 2005 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Indonesia rejects proposal on E-Timor war crimes tribunal The United Nations Security Council has been handed a report that recommends an International War Crimes tribunal on atrocities in East Timor, if Indonesia fails to retry those accused of masterminding the violence in 1999. But Indonesia has rejected the proposal.

Posted in Human rights @ 30 June 2005 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


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


Susilo puts the squeeze on corruption President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has repeated his promise to seriously fight corruption at all levels of both state and private institutions, establishing a special team to strengthen and speed up his antigraft drive. "Once the anticorruption wheels and machine runs, (it must) never stop," he said in Jakarta on Wednesday after inaugurating the team, which is led by Deputy Attorney General for special crimes Hendarman Supandji.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ba'ashir found guilty of Bali bomb plot Fiery Muslim preacher Abu Bakar Bashir was found guilty of an "evil conspiracy" to commit the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings by an Indonesian court on Thursday and sentenced to two and a half years in jail. But the court found the 66-year-old cleric not guilty of involvement in the 2003 bombing of the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Jakarta that killed 12 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moody's changes Indonesia rating outlook to positive Moody's Investors Service has changed the outlook to positive from stable on Indonesia's B2 foreign currency country ceiling for bonds, its B3 foreign currency country ceiling for bank deposits, and the Indonesian government's B2 foreign and local currency ratings.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono faces a staggering array of problems — rampant corruption, continuing human rights abuses by the military, massive unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and a judicial and law enforcement system that is little more than a legalised mafia.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 November 2004 00:00 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


Foreign investment in Indonesia down Foreign direct investment in Indonesia fell by almost 35 percent in the first half of the year, underscoring the troubles facing the country's economy, the government said Wednesday. The country's official investment board did not provide any reason for the drop to US$3.05 billion from US$4.65 billion invested over the same period last year.

Posted in Economy @ 15 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia polls favor former general The strains of a hearty tenor filtered out from behind the closed door of hotel room 103. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the front-runner in Indonesia's presidential race, was rehearsing a tune he would sing that morning to voters in this highland town in western Indonesia. "I know you love me, so you will choose me," the thickset former general could be heard crooning in the local Batak dialect, practicing the lyrics he learned minutes earlier, just as he has been practicing for the country's top job for the last several years.

Posted in Elections @ 28 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clashes as Muslim cleric re-arrested on terrorism charges Supporters of Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir clashed with police outside a Jakarta prison in an effort to prevent his re-arrest as a terrorism suspect at the end of his jail term yesterday.The violence came as police said they had a stronger case against the alleged south-east Asian terrorist leader than 18 months ago, when he was tried for treason but convicted only on immigration violations.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign investment falls sharply ahead of elections Foreign direct investment in Indonesia declined 66 percent year-on-year in January and February, official data shows, in line with analysts' predictions before elections this year. FDI approvals fell to 805.4 million dollars from 2.4 billion a year earlier, the National Coordinating Investment Board said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 March 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia cuts access to Aceh ahead of vote Indonesia has increased restrictions on foreign journalists trying to visit war-torn Aceh province ahead of April parliamentary elections, the foreign ministry said Thursday. As part of a lengthy bureaucratic process, reporters will now have to submit six different documents, including a recommendation letter from the general electoral commission, before the military will issue a permit. "We have to know that the reporters have a clear purpose there. This is so the military can protect them," said Marti Natalegawa, a foreign ministry spokesman.

Posted in Elections @ 26 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On behalf of The United States-Indonesia Society and the National Commission on United States-Indonesia Relations, I thank you for this opportunity to present my perspectives on some of the major trends and challenges shaping priorities for U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. I returned yesterday from two weeks in Indonesia and also look forward to sharing my views on developments in that important nation.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Judge resigns after corruption ruling quashed An Indonesian judge said last night he would quit in protest after a court overturned a draft ruling against parliamentary speaker and presidential hopeful Akbar Tandjung. The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a lower court ruling that Tandjung was guilty in a case involving about EUR 3,3 million in funds from state food agency Bulog.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Corruption @ 14 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia takes top spot in world's most corrupt nations It is no surprise that Indonesia ranks again as one of the world's most corrupt nations because graft in the public sector and judicial system is widespread, activists said here Tuesday. The Berlin-based group Transparency International on Tuesday listed Indonesia near the bottom of its list of corrupt countries, on the same level as Kenya but ahead of Myanmar, Angola, Cameroon, Paraguay, Nigeria and Haiti.

Posted in General @ 08 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gangland style murders add to security risks Those and other mafia-style hits have raised fears that assassins for hire are spreading in Indonesia, adding to the sense of lawlessness that has hurt efforts to promote foreign investment and strengthen the rule of law in the world's fourth most populous country.

Posted in Crime @ 26 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian forces kill 7 Aceh separatists Indonesian forces killed seven separatists of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) Tuesday, July 1, in several gunfights, as the country’s human rights investigators were verifying reports of new mass graves in the turbulent region. Government troops also arrested 13 separatists and seized 15 time bombs and seven grenades, spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Yani Basuki said, arguing there were no air strikes against GAM posts on Tuesday.

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


170 civilians reported killed in Aceh human rights group says more than 170 civilians have become casualties in the first month of Indonesia's military offensive against separatist rebels in Aceh province. The Commission on Missing Persons and Victims of Violence said 176 civilians in 12 districts in Aceh had become victims of "extrajudicial killings." It said another 150 civilians had either been arrested or assaulted while 15 others had gone missing.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's post-IMF soon reality Indonesia is set, later this year, to exit the International Monetary Fund's lending program, the last country to graduate the post-Asian crisis of 1997-1998. Many economists agree it is time to leave the program but what will happen next remains open to debate.

Posted in General @ 06 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IMF: Indonesia may surpass 2004 GDP growth target The International Monetary Fund said Friday that Indonesia's economy in 2004 could grow by more than the government's forecast of between 4% and 5%. The IMF's director for Asia Pacific, Daniel Citrin, who is leading a review of Indonesia's economy, also said the government's 2004 budget deficit target of 1% of gross domestic product was "reasonable."

Posted in Economy @ 03 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ABDUL Latief unsteadily enters the office of a Jakarta human rights group with a young man at his elbow. He struggles to mouth an intelligible greeting, the consequence of a stroke he suffered some years ago. Latief, a retired colonel, is a member of a dwindling generation to have an intimate recollection of the rise of modern Indonesia. He was witness to, and a crucial participant in, the events that produced the regime of former president Suharto.

Posted in History @ 10 February 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freedom for alleged smuggler The Federal Government's vow to bring alleged people smuggler Abu Quassey to justice is about to be tested after the man accused of sending more than 350 people to their deaths in a boat that sank off Java, was released from a Jakarta prison yesterday.

Posted in Drugs @ 01 January 2003 00:01 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 – 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


Gus Dur: I will campaign again if impeached Embattled President Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid said on Tuesday that he would run again for the presidency if he was impeached by the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR). "If that (impeachment) happens, I will not be scared. I will campaign again to become president," Abdurrahman told a delegation of the National Resilience Institute (Lemhannas) at Bina Graha presidential office late on Tuesday as quoted by Antara.

Posted in Politics @ 15 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors fail to jail Tommy The threat to jail former president Soeharto's youngest son Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra by force should he fail to surrender himself proved to be empty on Friday as Tommy was declared "lost" by prosecutors, after he successfully evaded receiving the presidential decree rejecting his plea for pardon. Attorney General Marzuki Darusman, however, said that he believed Tommy had not fled the country and would meet the deadline on Monday. "An arrest warrant has been issued, but we are not assuming that he's escaped. We still believe that he is in Jakarta. "If he fails to show up on Monday, we'll get him through a police manhunt," Marzuki told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Politics @ 04 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


About 250,000 people were forced from their homes in East Timor last year after militias supporting Indonesia reacted violently to the vote for independence on August 30. Nine months later, about 100,000 of those who fled remain in West Timor -- living in more than 200 squalid, disease-ridden camps scattered across the countryside.

Posted in Human rights @ 08 June 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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