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Italian national dies in Central Java prison after bomb threat On Monday, February 11, 2013, the strange and twisting tale of Bali expatriate Andrea Geovani Soreti (earlier reported as Sorenti) ended in police custody at a Sleman, Central Java hospital where he died, aged 49, reportedly of dehydration, septicemia and kidney failure.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 February 2013 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Higher tax bracket should apply for Bali nightclubs' Legislators from the Badung House of Representatives (DPRD-Badung) are complaining that lax collection policies by tax authorities are costing the regency substantial revenues in underpayment of taxes by nightspots and discothèques.

Posted in Economy @ 24 September 2012 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightclubs closed during Ramadhan in Ternate The local government of Ternate asked nightclub owners to close their joints during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan. "We have asked all nightclub owners in Kota Ternate to close their clubs during Ramadhan," said Deputy Mayor of Kota Ternate Arifin Djafar here on Wednesday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 July 2012 10:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Trail begins for 2002 Bali bomb suspect Umar Patek The main suspect behind the deadly bombing which hit the Indonesian resort island of Bali in 2002 faced the start of his first trial on Monday, local media reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 February 2012 11:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir gets sentence reduced A radical Islamic cleric accused of setting up a terror training camp in western Indonesia had his prison sentence slashed from 15 years to 9 years, an appeals court said Wednesday. No reason was given for the decision.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 October 2011 05:50 CET by Jeroen · 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


Pakistan's Foreign Ministry confirms arrest of Bali bomb suspect Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday appeared on national television and confirmed that the country's security forces had captured a man wanted in connection with the 2002 Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 April 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to Pakistan to confirm Bali bomb terrorist arrest The government of Indonesia announced on Wednesday that a police team has been deployed to Pakistan to review the arrest of Indonesian terrorist Umar Patek, who is also wanted in the Southeast Asian country and linked to the Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 March 2011 15:05 CET by Blog Bot · 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


11 dead in Surabaya night club fire Eleven people were killed, including one Japanese and one Australian, and scores of others were injured after fire engulfed a night club in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province earlier Friday, officials said. Police officer at the scene named only Ngadiran told over the phone that one of the killed was a pregnant woman.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 June 2010 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore is just around the corner And that is something you notice when you have arrived on the island of Batam, at some 45 minutes by boat from Singapore. Jakarta is a western city already with a young population that is not that tight concerning the traditional adat in the country, but in Batam this is exaggerated even more.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2010 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


General manager nightclub named suspect The North Sumatra Police, investigating a nightclub fire that left 20 people dead, has placed three suspects in custody Saturday to facilitate its investigation. The provincial police chief detective, Agus Andrianto, said the M City entertainment center’s general manager, a supervisor and another employee, none of whom were named, were undergoing intensive questioning in connection with the fatal blaze.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 December 2009 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 20 dead in Medan nightclub fire At least 20 people have died in a fire that gutted popular nightclub M City in the North Sumatra capital of Medan on Friday night. As of 23:00 local time, rescue workers were struggling to find more people feared trapped in the building, particularly on the third and fourth floors, news portal kompas.com reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 December 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta: 'No raids by non-government groups' The Jakarta city government has warned private organizations not to disturb or attack nightclubs and other businesses that stay open during the Ramadan. The police chief in Jakarta has made it clear that mass organizations are not authorized to perform such supervisory functions. Enforcement of law and local bylaws can only be performed by the police, the city government and appointed order agencies.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 August 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


For a NO against sharia in Indonesia As we all know, many Indonesians like to have a beer or some other alcohol sometimes. And why not? It is their right to choose whether they want to have a nice cold beer, a cocktail or some other drink containing alcohol. Even if they are Muslim because it is not up to a state or institution to decide whether people from a certain religion can not drink alcohol.

Posted in Religion @ 21 July 2009 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The long history of Jemaah Islamiyah and Indonesia, 1 Jemaah Islamiyah ("Islamic Congregation"), or simply JI, is a Southeast Asian militant Islamic organization dedicated to the establishment of an Islamic State in Southeast Asia incorporating Indonesia, Malaysia, the southern Philippines, Singapore and Brunei. JI was added to the United Nations 1267 Committee's list of terrorist organizations linked to al-Qaeda or the Taliban on 25 October 2002 under UN Security Council Resolution 1267.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (II) The later it gets, the more clear it becomes that Kedai Kopi Jakal - Jakal is a subtraction Jalan Kaliurang, the street where the coffee house is located - has become a real gathering place. After ten in the evening the first groups of people decide to go out already. They will most likely be headed for one of the several nightclubs that Jogja has to spend the rest of the evening. Empty seats are filled up again in quite a short time, but they brought their laptop this time, so most likely they will be around for some time to come. That should not be a problem as well because they serve you until three in the morning of the next day.

Posted in Culture @ 12 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (I) It is still fairly early in the afternoon for a nice evening, but still life slowly comes out of the starting blocks. It isn't a nightclub, where the doors will be kept closed until around ten in the evening. It now happens in other locations in Jogja where preparations are made. All across the city students and young adults have created meeting points to start their Saturday evening together. One of those meeting points, to say it bluntly, is Kedai Kopi Jakal. This is the name that the place has earned already, because it is not the official name.

Posted in Culture @ 09 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Thousands of supporters clash with police Thousands of people gathered for the funerals of three Indonesians executed on Sunday for the 2002 Bali bombings, sparking clashes between police and emotional supporters. The three men from the group Jemaah Islamiah, Imam Samudra, 38, and brothers Mukhlas, 48, and Amrozi, 46, were executed by firing squad in central Java shortly after midnight, claiming to want to die as "martyrs" and having shown no remorse for the attacks.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2008 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms Bali bomber executions Three Bali bombers have been executed on an Indonesian island for their lead roles in the 2002 nightclub bombings that killed 202 people. The family of Mukhlas and his younger brother Amrozi said the bombers had been executed along with Imam Samudra just after midnight local time on Nusakambangan Island, in Central Java, where they had been jailed.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2008 03:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court rejects Bali bombers' appeal Execution by firing squad does not violate Indonesia's constitution, the country's top court ruled on Tuesday. Indonesia's Constitutional Court rejected the claim by three men on death row, who were convicted in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, that their executions by firing squad would violate the country's constitution. Their request for beheading was also dismissed by the court.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2008 12:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bombers defiant as they await execution Three Islamic militants on death row in Indonesia for their involvement in the deadly 2002 Bali bombings say they have no regrets about carrying out the attacks. The twin nightclub bombings killed 202 mostly foreign tourists. Speaking with a group of reporters Wednesday at a maximum security prison on an island in eastern Indonesia, the bombers warned that retribution would come to those who carry out their executions.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2008 04:58 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


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


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


Indonesia: 'Terrorists are losing their battle to spread hatred' Islamic terrorists blamed for a number of deadly suicide bombings in Indonesia have failed to further their 'cause of hatred' in the country, according to president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. He made the statement at the opening of an eye-clinic on the island of Bali, a gift from Australia to victims of the 2002 nightclub bombings which killed 202, among them 88 Australians.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2007 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest terrorist Yusron, close aide to Dujana Authorities have arrested a close aide to the most-wanted terrorist in Indonesia, police said earlier today. A suspect was shot in the leg when he tried to escape a raid on his hideout. "Yusron Ahmahmud was wounded during the raid, but is in good condition," said national police spokesman Sisno Adiwinoto. "He is being questioned by police."

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 June 2007 11:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police say explosives found bigger than Bali bomb Indonesia police chief Sutanto has said that explosives found this month in different raids throughout the island of Java, exceeded the amount used in the 2002 Bali bombings. At that time, a bomb-laden mini-van killed 202 people when it was brought to explosion near nightclubs in Kuta Beach at 12 October 2002. The bomb was believed to be produced by Malaysian terrorist Azahari Husin, who killed himself in 2005 when police was hunting him down.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 March 2007 16:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Preachers and revenge push terror in Indonesia Basri - one of Indonesia's most wanted Islamic militants - wears a tattoo of Mickey Mouse on his wrist and drank alcohol when he was young. He jammed on Nirvana songs in a rock band. He wasn't religous and even now he struggles remembering the verses of the Quran, the holy book of Islam. As Islamic militant he is accused of beheading three Christian girls and other attacks on the island of Sulawesi, a front for Islamic militants.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 February 2007 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bombing film to premiere in Indonesia A controversial new movie about the 2002 Bali bombings premieres in Indonesia Thursday. More than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists, died in the bombing of a nightclub by Muslim extremist group Jemaa Islamiya. The Long Road to Heaven goes where Indonesia's timid media have feared to tread, examining the role of religion in the attacks.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2007 21:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police killings of alleged militants risk more violence The killings of 15 alleged Islamic militants by police on conflict-ridden Sulawesi island this week risk inflaming Indonesia's terrorist movements and should be independently investigated, a think tank said. The police defended the raid, denying allegations in local media that three of those killed were innocent bystanders and insisting that officers opened fire after they came under attack by well-armed militants.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 25 January 2007 08:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Bush faces rising anti-U.S. sentiment in predominantly Muslim Indonesia A politically weakened U.S. President George W. Bush will face anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he visits mostly Muslim Indonesia on Monday for talks aimed at broadening ties with a strategic ally in the war on terror. Islamic groups have vowed to disrupt Bush's brief stop in the country, which is also seen in Washington as a key counterbalance to China's emerging economic and military might in Southeast Asia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 November 2006 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb at restaurant in Jakarta, one hurt bomb blast at a fast food restaurant in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Saturday wounded one person, police said. Police said the blast occured around midday at an outlet of the U.S.-based A&W chain in a shopping mall in the east of the city and they were investigating, with bomb squad and counter-terrorism officers present.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2006 01:58 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


2 militants in 2002 Bali bombing freed Two Islamic militants jailed for the Bali bombings that killed 202 people were freed Tuesday, and nine others had their sentences reduced to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month. But the decision to include convicted terrorists was likely to anger countries that lost citizens in the Oct. 12, 2002, suicide attacks on two crowded nightclubs.

Posted in General @ 24 October 2006 17:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'US president may visit Indonesia in November' U.S. President George W. Bush may visit Indonesia next month to meet the leader of the world's most populous Muslim nation, seen as a close ally in Washington's global fight against terrorism, officials said Tuesday. If the talks are held, they would be the first on Indonesian soil between Bush and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in Politics @ 03 October 2006 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Fresh attack on Bali could cause sectarian violence A Muslim religious leader in the predominately Hindu island of Bali in Indonesia has said that any fresh terrorist attack on the island could spark sectarian violence. "The relations between the majority Hindu people and the Muslim minority are still good but I fear this could change if there were another attack," Wayan Sahdan, a Balinese Muslim and director of a private Islamic school on the island told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2006 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightspots told to 'respect' Ramadhan A band of 70 public order officers will patrol the capital to ensure nightspots and entertainment centers comply with an order to adjust their operating hours during the Ramadhan fasting month. Agency head Hariyanto Badjoeri said his office distributed a circular from the City Tourism Agency to the management of entertainment centers and nightspots in the capital earlier this month.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 September 2006 14:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Militant sentenced to 8 years for 2005 Bali bombings An Indonesian court on Tuesday handed down the first sentence in connection to the 2005 Bali bombings of three restaurants, which killed two dozen people and injured 200 others. Abdul Aziz, convicted of harboring Noordin Mohammed Top, a suspected terrorist linked to other bombings, was sentenced to eight years in prison. Prosecutors are also seeking jail terms of up to 15 years for the other three Islamic militants arrested in connection with the bombings. Prosecutors sought a minimum 10-year sentence for Aziz, but judges gave a more lenient sentence due to the 30-year-old's showing of remorse and relative young age.

Posted in Terrorism @ 06 September 2006 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia 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


Pope calls on Indonesia for clemency Pope Benedict has called on Indonesia to stop the imminent execution of three Christian militants convicted of killing Muslims, as thousands of Indonesians held a prayer vigil opposing the death penalty. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva were to face a firing squad just after midnight at a secret location in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, a spokesman for the Indonesian attorney general has said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 12 August 2006 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy tests tolerance in Indonesia When Erwin Arnada, editor in chief of Playboy magazine in Indonesia, answered a summons at the police headquarters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, he turned up smiling, behaved like a good citizen and, in turn, was treated politely during nearly six hours of questioning. The parrying, he recalled, went something like this:

Posted in Culture @ 26 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Playboy' editor, model named suspects Playboy magazine's editor-in-chief and first centerfold model in Indonesia were formally named by police as suspects in an indecency case against the publication. Indonesian authorities said they were investigating model Kartika Gunawan, a woman who posed in lingerie in a premiere edition in April, and Erwin Arnada. They could be prosecuted and if found guilty imprisoned for two years and eight months.

Posted in General @ 29 June 2006 19:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Muslim hardliners vow to protest Playboy's second edition Hardline Muslim groups in Indonesia vowed to take to the streets to protest the second edition of the Indonesian Playboy magazine, local media reports said Friday. The June edition hit news stands this week after protests over the premier edition two months ago led editors of the Indonesian version of the US magazine to postpone publication of the second edition.

Posted in Protests @ 10 June 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bashir to be freed within days An Indonesian militant cleric jailed in connection with a 2002 Bali bombing will be free in a week, said a top Indonesian official. Indonesia's Justice and Human Rights Minister Hamid Awaluddin said Tuesday that Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, would be released on June 14. Bashir has served 26 months of a 30-month sentence after being convicted of conspiracy in the nightclub bombing that killed 202 people, including two Canadians.

Posted in Human rights @ 07 June 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Taliban-style Islamic police terrorizing Aceh Dewi Haryanti was in a hurry. The 25-year-old was exchanging her hotel waitress uniform for street clothes for the trip to her second job at a boutique she owns with her sisters in the capital of Indonesia's tsunami-torn Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 12 March 2006 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Indonesia names two more Bali bombing suspects Two Indonesians arrested this month, including a close aide to the country's most wanted militant, were named suspects on Monday for involvement in last year's restaurant bombings on Bali, a police spokesman said. Police last week declared four other men suspects in the same case on charges of helping hide accused militant mastermind Noordin M. Top during and after the bombings that killed 20 people at three eateries on the famed resort island.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 January 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia detains more terrorist suspects In less than 24 hours, Indonesian anti-terrorism police detained two terrorist suspects and close aides to the country's most-wanted militant, Malaysian Noordin Mohammad Top, local media reports said Thursday. After detaining an Indonesian militant on Wednesday afternoon, the anti-terrorist squad on Thursday morning arrested another Muslim radical in Central Java province, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 January 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims, minorities and the state in Indonesia Indonesian Islam will remain moderate and tolerant by and large, but problems and challenges will continue to exist. The future of Indonesia depends on the ways in which the government and various Muslim groups actually act in public life. While violence, discrimination, and grievances are still felt among the minorities, especially non-Muslims, the Muslim majority continue maintaining the tolerant, moderate character of the country. A small number of hard-liners and terrorists will be disproportionately influential, but the tolerant, moderate majority and the government will not be silent.

Posted in Religion @ 30 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomb site becomes car park Survivors of the Bali bombings have been shocked at the sight of cars driving over memorials to the dead. The site of Paddy's Bar in Kuta has been turned into a car park. There are also plans to transform the neighbouring Sari Club site, which also hosts shrines and tributes, into a car park. Both nightclubs were destroyed in the October 2002 bomb blasts that killed 202 people, 88 of them Australians.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 December 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Anti-terror officers deployed to villages again The Indonesian Military (TNI) is reactivating its intelligence unit that used to work within the community to help the police fight terrorism. The military unit, comprising non-commissioned officers known as Babinsa, would gather all information required to help prevent acts of terrorism, TNI chief Gen. Endriartono Sutarto announced.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2005 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia shuts down Bali bombing film The Indonesian government has shut down an Australian TV drama series about the 2002 Bali bombings. Producers told the mostly Australian cast in Bali on Thursday the government had revoked their permit due to political and immigration sensitivities, actors for the drama series told AAP. The move follows the second Bali bombings on October 1.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 October 2005 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Eight FPI members arrested for carrying sharp weapons Eight members of the "Islam Defenders Front" (FPI) have been apprehended by West Jakarta police for carrying sharp weapons during a rally in front of the West Jakarta Police precinct on Tuesday. Some 150 FPI members were protesting the slow pace of investigations into a clash between their group and residents of the Kalijodo red-light district in West Jakarta last Sunday, in which four FPI members were injured.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 October 2005 07:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 123 reactions


Police free man held over Bali blast Indonesian police have freed a man they had detained this week for suspected links to triple suicide bombings on the resort island of Bali, saying on Thursday there was no evidence he had any involvement. Police had said the man, a construction worker from East Java province, was believed to have shared a house with one of the bombers in Bali. They had said he was their first arrest related to blasts at three restaurants on October 1 that killed 20 people plus the three suicide bombers.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 October 2005 14:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Protesters storm Bali jail, demand death for bombers Some 500 protesters demanding execution of three militants on death row over the 2002 blasts on Indonesia's Bali island broke into a jail on Wednesday where the inmates had been held until the previous day, witnesses said. Wearing traditional Balinese headbands and sarongs, some protesters climbed over the outer fence of the Kerobokan prison while others knocked down a steel door into the jail.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 October 2005 12:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police in Bali make first arrest Indonesian police have arrested a man who allegedly shared a rented room with one of three suicide bombers on Bali before this month's deadly attacks on crowded restaurants on the island, the national police spokesman said Tuesday. The arrest of the construction worker, identified only as H.S., could be the first major breakthrough in their probe into the Oct. 1 bombings that killed 23 people, including the attackers.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 October 2005 11:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Police miss Bali bomb suspects by hours Indonesian police said yesterday they came within two hours of apprehending one of two Malaysians considered prime suspects in last weekend's suicide bombings in Bali, after an early-morning raid that marked the latest sign of an accelerating investigation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 October 2005 10:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Indonesia calls on religious leaders to help fight terrorism Religious leaders must condemn terrorism in the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia's vice president said Friday, after police warned that a new generation of Islamic militants were behind the latest suicide bombings on Bali island.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 October 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia issues new Bali warning Australia has issued a fresh travel warning for Bali and cited "uncorroborated information" that names the tourist area of Seminyak as a potential target for terrorist attacks. The warning was issued late on Monday night by the Australian foreign ministry.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 October 2005 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Funerals of Bali blast victims begin Funerals were taking place today for victims of three suicide bombers who killed at least 22 people and wounded more than 100 in Bali on Saturday. Hundreds of mourners crammed into the narrow streets close to the house of a waiter killed in the attack on Raja's restaurant in Kuta. In a traditional Hindu ceremony, chanting mourners beat gongs as they accompanied the body of Gusti Sedana, 33, which was carried on a golden yellow float before being cremated.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 19:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Manhunt launched for Bali bomb suspects Police in Indonesia are attempting to piece together the identities of the three suspected suicide bombers who killed at least 19 people in attacks in Bali on Saturday. Chilling footage has been released showing one of the suspected bombers walking into a restaurant in the Kuta area moments before an explosion, reports the BBC.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 10:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Security tightened after Bali suicide bombings Security was tightened across Indonesia Sunday after suicide bombers detonated a string of explosions at tourist hot-spots on the island of Bali, killing 19 and injuring at least 132. The attacks -- two at cafes near Jimbaran and one at a restaurant in Kuta's main square -- came less than two weeks ahead of the third anniversary of 2002's deadly nightclub bombings in Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Bali tourism likely to take a dive The latest Bali bombings threaten to ruin the island's tourism industry just as it was recovering from terrorist attacks three years ago, with at least one regional government urging its citizens to stay away and tour operators predicting an immediate drop in visitors.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 October 2005 11:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Suicide bombers carried out Bali attacks Suicide bombers have once again targeted the Indonesian tropical resort of Bali with coordinated attacks on Saturday that devastated three restaurants packed with foreigners, killing at least 25 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Hotel discos will stay open during Ramadhan The city reminded the management of entertainment centers in the capital on Tuesday to close their business during the holy month as a sign of respect to Muslims. Jakarta Deputy Governor Fauzi Bowo said that regular bars, nightclubs, discotheques, amusement centers and massage parlors had to remain closed one day before the holy month started on Oct. 4 until one day after it ended on Nov. 2.

Posted in Ramadan @ 28 September 2005 08:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Luxury hotel evacuated after 'explosive' found Police on the Indonesian island of Bali evacuated a 5-star hotel on Wednesday after staff found a suspicious device, a senior officer said. Bali police chief Made Mangku Pastika said the device found at the Kuta Paradiso Hotel contained items two timers, powder, and a battery but no explosives. He called the incident a "terror attack" because it was designed to scare people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 September 2005 11:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia president warns of terror attacks Indonesia's president warned on Monday of possible terrorist attacks in the coming two months, and said he would also take steps to show the country was still a tolerant Muslim nation. Speaking at a seminar in Jakarta, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said bombmakers from the militant network Jemaah Islamiah posed a threat to the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 August 2005 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christian inroads worry top Indonesia Muslim body Christians are making worrying inroads in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, delegates said at a meeting of the nation's top Islamic clerical group, the Jakarta Post newspaper said on Thursday. It said the clerics told the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI), during the meeting in Jakarta that Christians were expanding their presence in the provinces, and in the capital itself.

Posted in Religion @ 28 July 2005 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 23 reactions


24 terror suspects arrested in Indonesia The Indonesian police arrested 24 Muslim militants during the raids in central java province. 12 of the 24 suspects arrested today, were apparently trying to escape by flying abroad. The Muslim militants will face a 7 days detention without accusation, according to the Indonesian anti- terrorism law. Police will release official details after this period.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 July 2005 15:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Should Miss Indonesia compete in swimsuit? Miss Indonesia has glossy black hair and a law degree, smiles constantly and talks about helping children. In many ways, she is the ideal Miss Universe contestant. But Artika Sari Devi faces one major obstacle in competing in the Miss Universe pageant May 30 - wearing a swimsuit. To Islamic clerics and many others, an Indonesian Muslim woman showing bare skin would be a public slap against Islam and a national embarrassment.

Posted in General @ 08 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


Indonesia terror threat 'high' over Christmas The Foreign Office has warned of a "heightened risk" of terrorist attacks in Indonesia over the Christmas and New Year holiday. A spokesman warned Britons travelling to or living in the country that terrorists could strike at anytime and could target tourist resorts. Fears that westerners could be targeted by Islamist terrorists have grown since 202 people, including 26 Britons and 88 Australians, were killed in the Bali nightclub bombings in October 2002.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim militants attack cafe in Kemang Muslim militants in Indonesia's capital vandalized a cafe in an area popular with foreigners on Saturday because it was serving beer during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, police and one of the militants said. Around 300 members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) ordered customers at the Star Deli in South Jakarta to leave, before smashing the building's windows and doors, said Alawi Usman, a spokesman for the group.

Posted in Violence @ 23 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali remembers bombing tragedy Today two years ago, extremists bombed Bali in the country's worst terrorist attack, but since then life has returned to normal with sunburned tourists again packing beaches and bars on the resort island. But the pain is still plaguing victims, many of whom were foreign tourists. At least 202 people died in the Oct. 12, 2002 bombings. In the months following the attacks, the island was left deserted and devastated as foreign tourists shunned it.

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


Nine face death for trying to make bombs Nine hardline Indonesian Muslims who attended a bomb-making class that went awry have gone on trial here and could face death if convicted under an anti-terror law, court officials said yesterday. The nine were accused of involvement in a bomb-making workshop held under the guise of a Quranic recital at a house in Cimanggis on the central island of Java in March, which ended when one of the assembled devices exploded.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second cell poised for Indonesia attack Militants behind the deadly bombing of Australia's Jakarta embassy have a second group poised for attack, Australia's top policeman warned as Canberra said on Saturday all its diplomatic missions would be made bomb-proof. "There is intelligence suggesting that there is a second group active in the area," Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty told ABC radio.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jemaah Islamiyah claims Jakarta car bombing: Internet site The Al-Qaeda-linked group Jamaah Islamiyah claimed responsibility for Thursday's car bomb attack outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta that killed at least nine people and wounded 182, and warned of further attacks. An Islamist web site, www.islamic-minbar.com, posted a statement saying: "We decided to settle accounts with Australia, one of the worst enemies of God and Islam, ... and a mujahedeen brother succeeded in carrying out a martyr operation with a carbomb against the Australian embassy" in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosion near Australian embassy in Jakarta Big mess after the explosion near the Aussie embassyA powerful explosion outside Australia's embassy in central Jakarta left at three people dead and at least three badly injured Thursday and caused extensive damage to nearby buildings, officials and witnesses said. According to local television, Anton Sujarwo, a security guard at the embassy, was killed in the blast but the identities of the other two have yet to be confirmed.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cleric Bashir steps closer to charges Militant Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, accused of leading the al-Qaeda linked Jemaah Islamiah militant group, should face formal charges soon after police handed him over to prosecutors on Wednesday. The charges would be a key step forward in Indonesia's efforts to bring to trial the man authorities believe inspired the militants who bombed nightclubs on the island of Bali in 2002 and Jakarta's J.W. Marriott Hotel last year.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Bali bomber threatens to kill Bush, Sharon The mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings threatened yesterday to kill United States President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon if he ever gets out of jail, where he is waiting to be executed for his role in the attacks that killed 202 people. Imam Samudra made the comments as six militants jailed over the nightclub bombings had their sentences cut by two months in traditional pardons to mark Independence Day, the authorities said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 August 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia reduces jail sentences of militants Six convicted Indonesian militants linked to the deadly blasts in Bali in 2002 have received a two month reduction of their jail sentences by President Megawati Sukarnoputri, a prison warden said on Tuesday. The six convicted men are serving jail terms ranging from three to six years after being found guilty of hiding one of the bombers responsible for the blasts that ripped through two Bali nightclubs in October 2002, killing 202 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt says will proceed with Bashir case Indonesia said on Monday it would continue with plans to prosecute Abu Bakar Bashir, suspected spiritual leader of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah network, despite a court ruling curbing anti-terrorism laws. Bashir, 65, is in detention waiting for prosecutors to bring formal charges against him. He was detained on April 30 after spending 18 months in jail for minor immigration offences.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Police question terror suspects over Bali bombings Police in Indonesia say one of seven terrorism suspects arrested last week is suspected of hiding a fugitive Malaysian explosives expert linked with the Bali bombings. Police on the resort island say investigators have begun questioning five of the suspects about their possible involvement in the October 2002 nightclub attacks that killed 202 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UK drops Indonesia travel warning The British government has dropped advice urging its nationals to avoid nonessential travel to Indonesia as part of a worldwide review aimed at making terror advisories "more credible." London issued its Indonesia travel warning in October 2002, after al-Qaida linked militants bombed two nightclubs on the resort island of Bali killing more than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Posted in General @ 10 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia voting in first direct presidential poll Indonesians today began voting in their first direct presidential election, six years after the fall of dictator Suharto. Polls opened first in Papua province in eastern Indonesia, two hours ahead of the capital of Jakarta. Public opinion surveys have shown incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri – daughter of the country’s founding father, Sukarno – trailing behind to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a retired general and former security minister who resigned from her Cabinet months ago to seek her job.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant gets three years over hotel blast An Indonesian court sentenced a Muslim militant on Wednesday to three years in jail for his involvement in last year's bombing of the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Jakarta that killed 12 people. Malikul Zurkoni was found guilty of storing explosive materials used in the suicide blast on August 5, 2003 that killed 11 Indonesians and a Dutchman, and wounded about 150 people.

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


Free election marks crossroads for Indonesia Six years into the uncertainties of multiparty democracy, Indonesians are electing a new legislature Monday after a campaign shadowed by nostalgia for two former authoritarian rulers -- one dead, the other disgraced. President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government is struggling with economic weakness, secessionist rebellions and the emergence of Muslim terrorists. But there is little debate on economic policy or Muslim extremism, critical though these issues are to this sprawling country of 210 million people scattered across 17,000 islands.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant gets 19 years for McDonalds bombing An Islamic radical has been sentenced to 19 years behind bars for his role in the December 2002 deadly bombing of a McDonald's restaurant in Makassar, South Sulawesi province. Judges at Makassar District Court on Thursday (12/2/04) said Wirahadi (21) had transported and hidden the bomb before it was taken to the McDonald’s outlet on December 5. Three people were killed and 15 wounded when the bomb exploded.

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


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

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