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48 students in Manado infected with HIV/AIDS The National AIDS Commission (KPAP) reported that at least 48 students and college students were infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus / Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Manado, North Sulawesi.

Posted in Health @ 26 March 2014 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Corby's parole will not undermine justice system' Justice and human rights minister Amir Syamsuddin said the governments decision to grant parole to Australian drug dealer Schapelle Leigh Corby would not undermine the countrys justice system.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 February 2014 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Tanjung Gusta terrorist convicts recaptured Police anti-terror squad Densus 88 has recaptured two terrorist convicts who escaped after the July 11 riot at the Tanjung Gusta prison in Medan, North Sumatra.

Posted in Crime @ 22 August 2013 20:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


30 prisoners escape as Labuhan Ruku jail on fire A total of 30 inmates escaped when fire and riot hit Labuhan Ruku penitentiary in North Sumatra on Sunday evening. Head of Jail Division of North Sumatra`s office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Amran Silalahi said the prisoners escaped after scaling down the jail wall.

Posted in Crime @ 19 August 2013 10:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Beer party triggers Tulungagung prison riot A party in which beer was served resulted in a riot, along with escape attempts by dozens of prisoners and detainees, after several inmates became intoxicated after drinking Javanese beer, according to Chief of Tulungagung Penitentiary Muji Widodo.

Posted in Crime @ 04 August 2013 14:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


103 inmates from Tanjung Gusta still at large Police are still searching for 103 out of 212 inmates including four terrorism prisoners who recently escaped from the Tanjung Gusta penitentiary in Medan, North Sumatra.

Posted in Crime @ 26 July 2013 23:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police capture 102 escapees from Tanjung Gusta prison Police have captured 102 escapees from the Tanjung Gusta prison in Medan, North Sumatra, since the July 11 mass jailbreak that left five people dead.

Posted in Crime @ 16 July 2013 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


240 inmates escape from Medan prison after riot A total of 240 prisoners have escaped from Tanjung Gusta penitentiary in Medan, North Sumatra province, following riot that happen on last Thursday (July 11), Coordinating Minister for Politic, Law and Security Djoko Suyanto said.

Posted in Crime @ 12 July 2013 20:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Correctional center destroys 150 hand phones of inmates The Kotabaru correctional center in South Kalimantan has destroyed 150 mobile phones of various brands seized from the prison inmates. "The handsets, confiscated from the prisoners have been burned," head of the center Ahmad Junaidi said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 03 June 2013 11:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


1,793 prisoners granted Christmas remission in NTT More than 1790 Christian prisoners in the East Nusatenggara province will receive Christmas remission on Tuesday. They are among inmates of 16 prisons in a number of cities in the Christian dominated province.

Posted in Crime @ 24 December 2012 02:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Convicted terrorist escapes wearing niqab Roki Aprisdianto (29), a convicted terrorist held at the Jakarta Metropolitan Police detention centre, has escaped disguised as a woman in niqab, according to the police.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 November 2012 20:09 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


Clemency for drug offender draws harsh criticism   The decision of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut the sentence of Australian marijuana smuggler Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years on humanitarian grounds, has drawn harsh criticism at home.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 May 2012 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator questions Corby clemency Member of the House of Representatives Commission III Aboebakar Alhabsyi questioned the motives of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who granted a five-year clemency to convicted Australian drug peddler Schapelle Leigh Corby.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 May 2012 10:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Human Rights defenders ask court to free Papuan activists Noted rights defenders in a Friday press release has called on the courts to release five Papuan activists from detention and dismiss all charges against them as they had done nothing more than voice their aspirations.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2012 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chief warden replaced after riot at prison in Bali The chief warden of Bali`s Kerobokan penitentiary, Bowo Nariwono, as well as the prison`s chief of security, Anang Khuzaini, were replaced following recent riots at the prison. The positions were transferred at about 9.30am on Friday during a short ceremony at the official residence of the chief warden.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2012 01:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Ministry of Justice denies receiving funds from US Justice and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin has categorically denied an allegation his ministry had received Rp1 trillion in funds from the United States to allow the latter to interrogate Indonesian prison inmates.

Posted in Politics @ 16 February 2012 02:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Thousands of convicts to get Christmas remissions A total of 5,200 prisoners in Indonesia will get remissions on the occasion of Christmas Day. 162 of them will automatically become free men after receiving special remission II on Christmas this year. This according the director general of penitentiaries at the ministry of Law and Human Rights, Sihabudin, said here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 25 December 2011 01:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police put on alert against terror attacks The National Police Headquarters has instructed all police precincts in the country to raise the level of their respective standard security precautions on the ground there was a threat from the Abu Omar terror group.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 November 2011 10:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bloggers invited to help raise HIV/AIDS awareness In the lead up to World AIDS Day on December 1, active bloggers in Indonesia are being invited to help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS through a dynamic online competition.

Posted in Health @ 12 November 2011 03:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Activists urge economic development for Papua Indonesia needs to boost economic development in Papua, human rights activists say, a day after thousands in the restive region rallied for independence.

Posted in Human rights @ 05 August 2011 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prisoners riot at Kerobokan Bali jail Prisoners at the notorious Kerobokan jail on the Indonesian island of Bali have rioted after attacking a warden and an anti-narcotics official who were trying to nab a suspected drug dealer. Dozens of inmates went on the rampage at the Kerobokan prison in the early hours before police and prison guards quelled the unrest.

Posted in Crime @ 26 June 2011 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terror unit deals out own terror Australia has sent an official to the Indonesian province of Maluku to investigate claims that Indonesia's elite counter-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, which Australia and the US train and fund, brutalised a group of separatists last month, repeatedly beating and abusing them in detention.

Posted in Violence @ 13 September 2010 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police forbid Baasyir from Idul Fitri prayers outside prison The National Police have forbidden terrorist suspect Abu Bakar Ba’asyir from performing Idul Fitri prayers outside the detention center because of limited security personnel. “We do not have sufficient personnel to secure a public Ba’asyir-led Idul Fitri prayer gathering."

Posted in Religion @ 31 August 2010 10:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia's legal system still not well organized' Indonesia's legal system is bad and negatively affecting its detention center management, according to Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar. Indonesia's detention centers were in general overcrowded, he said.

Posted in General @ 28 March 2010 10:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Overcrowding fuels TB in prisons Serious overcrowding, a shortage of medical staff and a lack of funding are thwarting Indonesia's efforts to tackle tuberculosis (TB) in prisons, experts say. Indonesia's 422 prisons hold more than 140,000 inmates, even though they were designed for 80,000, according to the Justice Ministry.

Posted in Health @ 27 January 2010 05:42 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


Bali's longest staying guests prove hard to handle Bali Police officials' attempts to undertake a drugs and narcotics sweep of Kerobokan prison on Thursday, June 19, 2009, collapsed when angry inmates refused the order of armed police personnel to return to their cells. According to local press reports, some of the prisoners verbally abused and threw stones at the contingent of three truckloads of armed police drawn from the police's mobile brigade together with narcotics and intelligence officers from the Bali police headquarters.

Posted in Crime @ 26 June 2009 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: 'Papuans tortured by Indonesian army' Indonesia's controversial special forces, which are trained by Australia, have been accused of new human rights abuses in the troubled province of Papua. In a report by US-based Human Rights Watch, off-duty members of the elite Kopassus branch of the Indonesian army are said to have tortured and abused Papuans.

Posted in Violence @ 26 June 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia orders Red Cross out of restricted Papua Officials say Indonesia's government has ordered the International Committee of the Red Cross to shut its office in the restricted Papua province. ICRC Indonesia delegation head Vincent Nicod said Thursday four staff members were pulled from the regional capital, Jayapura, in March.

Posted in General @ 23 April 2009 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Former West Java governor arrested by anti-corruption agency Since July 21, the former governor of West Java province, Danny Setiawan, was kept as a suspect by the anti-corruption agency KPK in a case related to heavy equipment and fire trucks bought by the West Java government with state funds in 2004. Yesterday, Danny Setiawan was officially arrested by the KPK.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 November 2008 00:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia: Release peaceful demonstrators in Papua The Indonesian government should immediately release more than a dozen Papuans detained for raising the Papuan "Morning Star" flag in Fakfak, a major city in western Papua, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on the Indonesian government to launch an investigation into the excessive use of force by the Indonesian police, who beat and kicked the activists during the arrests on July 19, 2008. "Once again, the Indonesian authorities have stopped Papuans from peacefully expressing their political views," said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "The police should not resort to violence to suppress political activism."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Executions are the new hype in Indonesia Two members from one family, mother Sumiarsih (59) and son Sugeng (43), were executed earlier this month after they had been on death row for an astonishing twenty years. They were sentenced to death in the 1980's over a murder on five members of their own family out of vengeance. After twenty years in prison, they names - and their story - reappeared in the news once again. The end of their story was clear for almost twenty years already, but it just did never materialize. Probably someone did not like cleaning his office, so these two death row candidates were only executed by firing squad earlier this month.

Posted in Crime @ 25 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Three convicted murderers executed in Indonesia Three convicted murderers have been executed in Indonesia after spending nearly 20 years on death row. An 59-year-old mother and her 43-year-old son who murdered five people for revenge and a self-described shaman who killed eight were executed by firing squad overnight, an official said Saturday. Sumiarsih and her son Sugeng, were shot at shortly after midnight near Surabaya city in eastern Java.

Posted in Crime @ 20 July 2008 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1.500 police arrest 49 members of radical Islamic FPI An overwhelming police force of some 1.500 personnel have finally made 49 arrests among members of the radical Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) in Jakarta after last Sundays attack on a peaceful demonstration in the city. The arrests were done in an orderly manner without any resistance from members of the FPI. The action was directly overseen by the head of the police of Metro Jaya, the Greater Jakarta police, Adang Firman. He first just wanted to arrest 10 people.

Posted in General @ 04 June 2008 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Dutch prisoners to be executed by firing squad Two Dutch prisoners are threatened to be executed by a firing squad because they have been sentenced to death for producing ecstasy. According to their Dutch lawyer Bart Stapert the Dutch government is not taking enough action to prevent the capital punishments from being executed any time soon.

Posted in Drugs @ 09 April 2008 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia against prisoner transfers for drug criminals Authorities in Indonesia say they oppose transferring prisoners convicted of drug crimes or terrorism back to Australia, dealing a blow to the hopes of the Bali Nine and Schapelle Corby. Australia and Indonesia have been negotiating a prisoner exchange deal for more than two years.

Posted in Drugs @ 12 March 2008 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Corby may serve 9 more years before transfer' The convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby could still spend another nine years in an Indonesian prison under a prisoner transfer treaty being negotiated with Australia. There are still eight sticking points in negotiations between Australia and Indonesia over a prisoner transfer agreement which has been under discussion for several years.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 March 2008 20:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Australian families angered at cut sentences Ten prisoners convicted for the bombings on Bali in 2002 had their prison terms cut by up to five months today, angering relatives of some of the victims. The six, convicted for their involvement in the 2002 bombings which left 202 people dead, have been given remissions of five months as part of the Indonesian Independence Day celebrations.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 August 2007 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia transfers inmates in death row to prison island Authorities have transferred 20 inmates in death row and those serving life sentences from a prison in Tangerang (a suburb of west Jakarta) to the maximum security prison on Nusa Kembangan off the coast of Central Java. Blindfolded the prisoners were escorted to special buses with a red or green rubbon tied on their arms - red for people on death row and green for those life-imprisoned.

Posted in Crime @ 24 June 2007 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Hamid silent over 50 dead inmates Justice and Humand Rights Minister Hamid Awaludin has refused to comment on the fact that large numbers of prisoners at the Tangerang prison who have died recently. Hamid tried to avoid reporters who wanted to ask about this matter in a rush outside the governor's office in Banten. “Please step back, there’s no time for interview,” said Hamid's adjutant.

Posted in Health @ 12 April 2007 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: free political prisoners in Papua At least 18 Papuans are serving sentences in Indonesian jails simply for peaceful acts of freedom of expression and opinion, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Such imprisonment violates international law and Indonesia's international legal obligations. The 42-page report, "Protest and Punishment: Political Prisoners in Papua," documents how the Indonesian government continues to use the criminal law to punish individuals who peacefully advocate for independence in the eastern Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Irian Jaya (hereafter referred to as Papua). All the prisoners have been convicted for treason or spreading hatred against the government, for nonviolent activities such as flag-raising, or attendance at peaceful meetings on self-determination options for Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 22 February 2007 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-rebel faces new fight as governor of Aceh A former rebel inaugurated as governor of the Indonesian province of Aceh has said he now faced a new and lengthy fight for his people's welfare. Irwandi Yusuf, a former spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), won the first direct elections for the post on 38 percent of the December 11 vote, with his nearest rivals on less than 17 percent. "We are grateful and thank all the people in Aceh for trusting us with this job. We realise that we are given a big task," Yusuf told his supporters Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 08 February 2007 15:12 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


Speaking in Islamic tongues in Indonesia For those recently heaping praise on Indonesia for its moderate Muslim and emerging democratic credentials, consider the case of Islamic preacher Yusman Roy. Last year Roy was sentenced to two years in prison on blasphemy charges for leading Muslim prayers at an East Java Islamic school in his native Bahasa Indonesia rather than Arabic as conservative religious councils require. In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, the language issue pitches modern, liberal interpretations of Islam, known broadly here as abangan, against conservative orthodox views, represented broadly as santri.

Posted in Religion @ 16 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto's son released from jail Former Indonesian president Suharto's youngest son was conditionally released from jail on Monday, after serving a third of his original sentence for plotting the murder of a Supreme Court judge. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra was sentenced to 15 years for paying a hitman to kill the judge and other offences, but that was reduced to 10 years on appeal and further sliced by a series of holiday "remissions".

Posted in Human rights @ 30 October 2006 11:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Tommy to be freed on parole next week The youngest son of former president Suharto could be released from prison next week after serving two-thirds of his 10-year sentence for ordering the murder of a Supreme Court judge, a prison official said Saturday. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandalaputra, who is being held at the Cipinang Prison in eastern Jakarta, was one of thousands of prisoners to receive sentence reductions for good behavior this week as part of celebrations marking the end of the Islamic holy month Ramadan.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2006 13:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Son of Suharto released from Indonesian jail early The youngest son of former Indonesian President Suharto will be among thousands of prisoners granted reductions in jail terms to mark the Eid al-Fitr Islamic holiday next week. Officials at Jakarta's Cipinang state prison say Tommy Suharto will get a 45-day cut in his sentence when the remissions are handed out on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 22 October 2006 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia to execute three for racial rage Three death row prisoners convicted of leading a Christian militia in bloody violence against Muslims in Indonesia will be executed tomorrow, police said, announcing beefed-up security to head off any unrest. International rights groups, including Amnesty International, have argued that the trials were unfair and called for further investigations, while Pope Benedict XVI has appealed for clemency, but police said it would go ahead.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 20 September 2006 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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 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


Mate, you can now move to Aussie jail There is some good news for Australians serving jail terms in Bali's Kerobokan prison. Thanks to a prisoner transfer agreement to be signed between Australia and Indonesia, they will be able to serve out their sentences in their home country, closer to their own families. One would think they would be happy, especially as Kerobokan prison has been described as a hell-hole where sanitary and health standards are sorely lacking.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 July 2006 10:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Australia moving for prisoner exchange agreement Indonesia and Australia have agreed to sign agreement on the exchange of prisoners and further talks on this issue will be held this week, a senior official said Wednesday. "We will be in talks with the Australian attorney general tomorrow (Thursday) to finalize the preparation. Indonesia and Australia have agreed with the substance of the prisoner exchange agreement," Minister of Justice and Human Rights Affairs Hamid Awaluddin was quoted by the Detikcom news website as saying.

Posted in Politics @ 29 June 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia prepares to execute 16 drug offenders Indonesian authorities are preparing to execute 16 people, including 10 foreigners from Africa and Asia, who are on death row for drug trafficking. An official at the attorney general's office has quoted Attorney General spokesman, I Wayan Pasek, as saying that the 16 prisoners have exhausted every legal avenue of appeal.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 June 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Security high after suspected top al-Qaida operative escapes Indonesia will raise security measures across the country to anticipate potential terror attacks following the escape of a suspected al-Qaida leader from a U.S. military prison in Afghanistan, local media reported Saturday. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said that top al-Qaida operative Omar al-Farouq could be preparing a plot against Indonesia because he had been apprehended in the Muslim country.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 November 2005 10:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bashir excluded from sentence cuts The Indonesian Government has refused the jailed extremist cleric Abu Bakar Bashir a further reduction of his sentence. Bashir is serving 30 months in jail for his role in the 2002 Bali bar bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians. On major holidays Indonesia normally reduces sentences of prisoners who have shown good behaviour, and Bashir has benefited from such cuts.

Posted in Politics @ 03 November 2005 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia urged to study Aceh amnesty cases The head of the international peace monitoring mission in Aceh urged Indonesia on Tuesday to examine the cases of around 100 prisoners who may have been missed under a sweeping amnesty vital to peace efforts. Dutch diplomat Peter Feith called on Jakarta to quickly study whether the detainees had a real claim to amnesty and said he would use his powers to rule on any disputed cases.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 October 2005 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia starts Aceh withdrawal More than 1,000 Indonesian troops have left Aceh province - the first withdrawal of forces after a peace deal made with separatist rebels last week. About 1,200 troops left northern Aceh onboard naval vessels. Under the terms of the peace deal, the government has pledged to withdraw all forces sent specifically to quell the rebellion by the end of the year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 August 2005 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia cuts Bashir sentence An Indonesian court has cut a 30-month sentence handed to militant Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for his role in the Bali bombings by more than four months, a prison official said today. "He received a remission of four months and 15 days," Dedi Sutardi, the head of Cipinang penitentiary, said at a press conference to announce remissions for 2000 prisoners to mark Indonesia's Independence Day today.

Posted in Politics @ 17 August 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


British intervention Indonesia Sixty years ago on Aug. 17 Indonesia's Founding Fathers President Sukarno and Vice-President Mohamad Hatta issued the Proclamation of Independence or Proklomasi as it is known. An historic event. The national leaders, under great pressure from militant nationalist youth, had seized the hour.

Posted in History @ 16 August 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh prisoners who didn't escape during tsunami rewarded The government of Indonesia has decided to reward the prisoners in Aceh who chose not to escape from their jails when they were destroyed during last December's tsunami, by having their sentences halved. To mark the country's independence day on August 17, Indonesia's justice and human rights minister, Hamid Awaluddin, has said 300 prisoners in the Aceh province will be rewarded in this way, according to a Radio Australia report.

Posted in Human rights @ 05 August 2005 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Asia quake death toll tops 14,000 As dawn broke Monday across the Bay of Bengal, countries struck by tsunamis in the wake of the most powerful earthquake the planet has seen in 40 years focused on relief and rescue efforts, and said the death toll from the giant waves -- already more than 14,000 -- is expected to rise further. The tsunamis also left thousands injured, thousands missing and hundreds of thousands homeless in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands killed in massive tsunami Legions of rescuers spread across Asia today after an earthquake of epic power struck deep beneath the Indian Ocean, unleashing 20-foot tidal waves that ravaged coasts across thousands of miles and killed more than 13,340 people and left millions homeless in the fourth-largest temblor in a century. The death toll along the southern coast of Asia -- and as far west as Somalia, on the African coast, where nine people were reported lost -- steadily increased as authorities sorted out a far-flung disaster caused by Sunday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake, strongest in 40 years.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels serve prison terms in Central Java Under a tight security escort 54 convicted Free Aceh Movement (GAM) members were transferred from Aceh on Thursday to prisons across Central Java to serve their sentences. The group is the first batch of 143 prisoners who will do their jail time in exile across Java.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 January 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Superstition, facts and fantasy are a very common daily chit-chat life in our own metropolitan city Jakarta. Real Stories from Jakarta s own streets are a proof for this fact or fiction.

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


Indonesia safe so far, except for Aceh As police tightened security across Indonesia amid fears of attacks by Islamic extremists over the festive season, there were no reports of sectarian violence or terrorist bombings on Christmas Eve, while Christmas Day has been peaceful so far. The only reports of major violence came from rebellious Aceh province, where the military said at least 14 people were killed over recent days.

Posted in Human rights @ 25 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inmates escape from Bandung jail Three inmates escaped from a jail in the West Java capital of Bandung today in the second jailbreak in Indonesia in two days. State news agency Antara said the three prisoners at Sukamiskin penitentiary broke out of Cell No.60 and climbed over a wall to freedom. The fugitives were identified as Ida Bagus Bima Purwoko alias Agus (36), Fauzi alias Ghani (32), and Romly Angkasa (26). The report did not state what they had been serving time for.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati grants Muslim holy day amnesties Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri granted general remission of sentences Tuesday for almost 37,000 inmates of the country's prisons, including Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels, in conjunction with the Muslim holy day Eid al-Fitr.

Posted in Ramadan @ 26 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to hold terrorists in new island jail Indonesia is to build a new maximum security jail to hold terrorists and other important prisoners, a senior correctional official said on Sunday. Asked to comment on media reports that authorities were planning a special jail for terrorists, correctional institution registration director A. Takasiliang told Reuters that Indonesia would build a "super maximum institution" but "not only for terrorists".

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


Indonesia piling up political prisoners again TWO of the world’s largest human rights organizations say that the government of Indonesian President Megawati Sukar­noputri is filling the country’s jails once again with political prisoners, only five years after all prisoners of conscience were released with the ouster of former President Suharto.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What intrigues me about the 'old Indonesia' is the Dutch part. Maybe because I'm Dutch myself, but mainly because there is fairly little I know about it actually. If I think about how little information I got in school over the years I actually was in school. I wrote about this earlier, and about the facts that the Dutch maybe aren't proud of what they did in the Far East. But now the other side, there is no denying that the Dutch actually have been in Indonesia if it only were for that they left behind in buildings only.

Posted in History @ 04 February 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No foreign interference allowed The jail sentences for Briton Lesley McCulloch and American nurse Joy Lee Sadler for violation of tourist visas in Aceh sends a message that researchers are at risk of becoming political prisoners in Indonesia, according to The Age newspaper.

Posted in Politics @ 02 January 2003 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ailing Indon militant avoids questioning Despite the adoption of a tough new law that includes sweeping powers to detain suspected terrorists, police said Saturday they had postponed the interrogation of the alleged leader of a militant group suspected in last week's Bali nightclub bombing. "There has been no decision to forcibly take Abu Bakar Bashir to Jakarta for questioning,'' said Col. Hasyim Irianto, the chief of police in the town of Solo in central Java, where the Muslim cleric was hospitalized on Friday with breathing difficulties.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven die as troops attack police Seven people were killed and dozens injured when Indonesian soldiers repeatedly attacked two police stations in north Sumatra after detectives refused to release a soldier's friend detained on drug charges. Four police officers, one soldier and two passersby died in the weekend carnage in the town of Binjai, 900 miles north-west of the capital, Jakarta.

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


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

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


Tommy to be arrested Wednesday morning Former president Soeharto's son Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra would be arrested at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, a reliable source said at midnight Tuesday. "Negotiations for Tommy's safety are ongoing. Tommy will probably either surrender or be arrested at 5 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday)," an official closeto the prosecution said.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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