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Indonesia has no child protection system in place Child abuse cases continue to increase in Indonesia as it does not yet have an effective child protection management system to handle crimes on juveniles, noted the National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA).

Posted in General @ 24 October 2014 18:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Antigraft activists applaud Akilís life sentence A leading antigraft watchdog has applauded the Anti-Corruption Courtís decision to sentence former Constitutional Court chief justice Akil Mochtar to life in prison. ďThis verdict will not only give a deterrent effect but also send a message to other law enforcers not to commit corruption or take bribes,Ē 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


President calls for heavier punishment for arsonists President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for heavier punishment for those who deliberately lit fires in forest, plantation and peat-soil areas. "The president has emphasized the importance of strict and indiscriminate legal enforcement. Light punishment for forest arson must be evaluated," the president tweeted on his account @SBYudhoyono on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 17 March 2014 12:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport customs foils Rp9.9 billion crystal meth smuggle Soekarno-Hatta airport`s Customs has foiled two separate attempts in one week to smuggle crystal methamphetamine and seized Rp9.9 billion worth of the narcotic, an official said here on Friday.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 October 2013 23:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Senior official of health ministry jailed for 5 years The Jakarta special corruption court on Monday sentenced a senior official of the health ministry to five years` imprisonment for corruption. The court chaired by Nawawi Pomolongo, also fined Ratna Dewi Umar, former director of base medical service development Rp500 million for involvement in corruption in the procurement of health equipment to control bird flu in 2006-2007.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 September 2013 17:39 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


Police detain 20 asylum seekers from Afghanistan Siak police in Riau, have detained 20 asylum seekers or illegal immigrants from Afghanistan. They were in a bus when police stopped them in the sub-district of Mandau, in the Bengkalis regency on Wednesday, Siak police chief Adj. Sr. Comr Sugeng Putut Wicaksono said via telephone on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 01 August 2013 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two former leaders of legislative assembly law fugitives Two former leaders of the Bojonegoro legislative assembly have been declared law fugitives after failing to honor summon for execution of the verdict of law court in corruption case.

Posted in Crime @ 14 May 2013 23:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No pregnant students allowed to sit for exams No pregnant students are allowed to sit for national examination even though they have been registered, a local education official said. "That`s the rule we must abide by altogether," Rustam Akkas, the head of the secondary education section at the Palu city education and teaching office, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 April 2013 00:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs authorities foils attempt to smuggle drug The customs authorities of Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, foiled an attempt to smuggle in Rp1 billion worth of drug from Mumbai, India.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 March 2013 11:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rp2 bln worth of drugs smuggled from India seized Customs and excise officers, in cooperation with the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), have foiled an attempt to smuggle one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine, worth Rp2 billion, from Mumbai into Indonesia.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 January 2013 21:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Level of satisfaction low with drive to eradicate corruption The level of people`s satisfaction with efforts to uphold the law and eradicate corruption under the present regime is low, a survey says.

Posted in Corruption @ 19 November 2012 21:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NU leaders regret clemency for drug convicts - The executive board of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country`s largest non political Islamic organization, said it regrets clemency granted by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for two drug convicts.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 October 2012 01:08 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


Finance minister: 'People must pay taxes' Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo has stated that people must pay taxes, as regulated by the law, for the benefit of the state.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2012 23:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Call for corruption death sentence gains support Non-governmental organization Lumbung Informasi Rakyat (LIRA) said it fully supports Nahdlatul Ulama in calling for death sentence for corruption convicts. "It is not a new move but since it came from a big organization like NU it should carry greater weight," LIRA president H.M. Jusuf Rizal said here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 September 2012 16:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seize 10,000 liters of diesel oil The Jambi Police`s patrol team has confiscated 10,000 liters of subsidized diesel oil on Lingkar Timur street, Pematang Sulur village, Telanaipura subdistrict, Jambi province on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 15 April 2012 08:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Teacher arrested for sexually abusing six children An Indonesian teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing at least six young girls on the island of Sulawesi, local authorities confirmed on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 04 November 2011 01:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor apologizes for rape comments Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo on Saturday apologized for his comments which suggested that women could avoid sexual assault by not wearing revealing clothes, the Jakarta Globe reported on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2011 10:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


French embassy staff member arrested with cocaine A 52-year-old woman, identifying herself as an employee of the French Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, was apprehended by customs officials at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport on Saturday, July 2, 2011 trying to conceal 3.17 grams of cocaine in mouth.

Posted in Drugs @ 11 July 2011 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: Indonesia couldn't stop Saudi execution of migrant worker A senior minister on Sunday denied that the Indonesian government failed to protect an Indonesian migrant worker who was recently executed in Saudi Arabia.

Posted in Crime @ 19 June 2011 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourism officials await their legal fates Public prosecutors have demanded varying sentences for the two provincial tourism officials charged with mishandling Bali's tourism promotion budget. The men are charged with seeking double reimbursement of the cost of participation at the World Travel Mart in London from both the provincial and national tourism budgets.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 May 2011 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two 'tourists' get almost-permanent stay on Bali Jakarta Globe reports that 35-year-old Morita Yuki of Japan has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his failed attempt to smuggle 5.9 kilograms of hashish into Bali in November of 2010. The illegal cash of drugs had an estimated street value of US$410,000 and was concealed in a suitcase brought by the Japanese.

Posted in Drugs @ 01 May 2011 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Aceh couples caned for extramarital affairs Two Indonesian couples on Friday were publicly caned for having had extra marital affairs in a conservative Muslim province in Aceh, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 08 April 2011 23:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police chief resigns after criticism over sex scandal An Indonesian police chief on Tuesday resigned after being criticized over a sex scandal involving three of his subordinates and a female detainee in Papua province, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 March 2011 20:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Only' 3,5 years jail for Ariel Peterpan Popular Indonesian singer Nazriel Ilham, better known as Ariel Peterpan has been sentenced to 3.5 years behind bars and Rp 250 million in fines for charges pressed against his pornographic video. The verdict is lighter than the demand of the prosecutors, which was at least 5 years.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 January 2011 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Pop star faces 12 years in prison for sex tape scandal Indonesian pop star Nasriel Irham on Monday appeared in court after two homemade sex tapes released on various websites resulted in him being charged under Indonesia's 2008 Anti-Pornography Law.

Posted in General @ 22 November 2010 17:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights group: 'video shows Indonesian military torturing Papuans' Recent video footage from Indonesia's West Papua allegedly show the torture of indigenous Papuans by the Indonesian military, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said on Monday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 October 2010 01:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Islamic council: 'Death penalty for corrupt persons' A head of the Islamic Council of Scholars (Majelis Ulama Indonesia, or MUI), K.H. Effendi Yusuf, supports earlier words that corrupt persons should be allowed to receive a death penalty for their actions in certain cases. The organization that decides what is and what is not halal in Indonesia, is now tagging a large number of people in the country without much hesitation.

Posted in Religion @ 19 August 2010 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Mothers of Indonesia, prepare for jail if you don't breastfeed! Women who refuse to breastfeed their newly-born babies may face jail sentence for denying their childrenís right. Article 128 of the 2009 law on health stipulates that babies have the right to six months of exclusive breast milk unless their mothers could not fulfill their obligation due to medical problems.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 August 2010 06:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Twelve suspected terrorists arrested in Jakarta region The anti terror unit of the Indonesian national police, Densus 88, has arrested a number of suspected terrorists yesterday and earlier today. This happened in a number of separate raids in the last 24 hours. The raids were held in Jakarta and Bekasi, directly east of the Indonesian capital.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 May 2010 08:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch man arrested for allegedly molesting girl Willem Johan Stegenus, a 65-year-old Dutch citizen, was arrested for allegedly molesting a 16-year-old girl. Karangasem Police chief Jr. Com. I Gede Mustika confirmed that Stegenus had been named a suspect based on reports filed by the girl's parents.

Posted in Crime @ 09 April 2010 11:38 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


Three convicted to public caning escape in Aceh Three men convicted of playing dominoes for money have escaped from jail moments before a public caning in devoutly Muslim Aceh province. Local Islamic police chief Muhammad Rusli said Saturday the men bolted during an unguarded bathroom visit minutes before the punishment for violating anti-gambling laws.

Posted in General @ 30 January 2010 09:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Commission: 'Scrap discriminating shariya-based bylaws' The National Commission on Violence Against Women urges the government to include the reviewing of a number of sharia-based bylaws deemed discriminative against women as part of its first 100-day program.

Posted in Religion @ 10 December 2009 07:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Science in the land where gods reign Iyan Nurmansyah, living in Oxford in the United Kingdom wrote an opinion on the website of The Jakarta post last week. I will just copy the reaction below. He seems to point at the exact problems Indonesia is facing; corruption, religion and ignorant people. Speaks for itself I suppose.

Posted in Religion @ 18 October 2009 12:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Two men and one couple busted for 'being together' Residents of the village of Ngrowo in the district of Bojonegoro last night entered a room of a boarding house after they suspected that the people inside were doing something that God has forbidden. When the villagers noticed that two men entered the room around eight in the evening, they did not suspect anything. After nine in the evening - normal visiting hours are until that time in Indonesia - however the second young man had not left yet.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 September 2009 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Being gay in Aceh now punishable by sharia law In another huge step backwards, the regional government of Aceh, in the northern tip of Sumatra, has accepted the new - far more strict - Islamic laws. The ones now in place just tell people how to dress and obliges Muslems to pray, but the laws now accepted include a prison term of eight years for just being gay and being stoned to death if you decided to have sex with someone else then your spouse.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2009 13:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schappelle Corby goes crazy in Bali prison Australian drug smuggler Schappelle Corby is going crazy in Balinese prison where she has to fulfill a 20-year jail term after trying to smuggle several kilograms of marijuana from Bali to Australia. In a psychiatric report she is said to be 'hanging by a thread', and should be reviewed as soon as possible for being sent home to Australia to finish her sentence there. An Australian psychiatrist was allowed to visit Corby last month.

Posted in Drugs @ 26 August 2009 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Prosecutors to pursue immigration corruption scandal? As reported on earlier, State Auditors recently uncovered the misappropriation of Rp. 3 billion (211,000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees committed by 44 members of the immigration service assigned to Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2009 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Manado mayor faces 10 years in prison The former mayor of the city of Manado, Jimmy Rimba Rogi, will hear today how long he will have to spend in prison for his alleged corruption. He will be sentenced by the Court of Judges for Corruption Cases (Tipikor). Jimmy is suspected of corruption with funds of the regional budget of Manado in 2006 and 2007. He is said to have caused the state losses of up to 69 billion Rupiah (4.9 million euro).

Posted in Corruption @ 10 August 2009 04:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bali immigration officers avoid criminal charges As reported on earlier, 44 immigration officers at Bali's main airport have been under investigation for embezzling an estimated Rp. 3 billion (210.000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees between October 2008 and May 2009. Kompas reports that a decision has been made by the Immigration Department to limit punishments to only disciplinary and administrative sanctions.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 August 2009 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Illegal alcohol and counterfeit custom stamps seized Bali's Custom and Excise Officers have conducted a raid on a warehouse in Bali confiscating thousands of bottles of imported wine and alcohol. The raid, conducted in April 16, 2009, uncovered nearly 550 cases of alcohol containing over 5,600 bottles. Also discovered by customs officials were a quantity of counterfeit custom stickers.

Posted in Crime @ 29 April 2009 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Girl in Islamic boarding school pregnant twice by rape leader A leader of a Islamic boarding school (Pondok Pesantren) is accused of raping two of his students and is currently in a police cell in the district of Malang. The leader, only known as N.H., was arrested by the regional police of Malang in a rented house in Pare, in the district of Kediri. N.H. is also the leader of a boarding school in the village Kaumrejo, sub-district Ngantang in the district of Malang. There he has allegedly raped two of his students. The two girls, both 17, are from the village of Ngawensari, sub-district Ringin Anom, district Kendal in Central Java.

Posted in Religion @ 23 November 2008 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute Bali bombers next month Indonesia is to execute three Islamic militants for Bali bombing in October 2002, spokesman of the Attorney General Office Jasman Pandjaitan announced here Friday. The spokesman said that all the legal effort by Ali Gufron alias Muklas, Amrozi, and Imam Samudra alias Abdul Azis, to reduceor delete their punishment were aborted.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 October 2008 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


117 minibuses seized by Bandung police As much as 117 minibuses used for travel services, but with a normal black license plate, have been seized by the Traffic Police of the city of Bandung. "Some of the 'travel' are said to violate the regulations. They should have yellow license plates because black ones may only be used for rental services. The owners are several travel agents which should not use these plates," said Herukoco, the head of the Traffic Police in Bandung earlier today.

Posted in General @ 18 July 2008 09:55 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


South Maluku Republic activist jailed for life The leader of a secessionist group in Indonesia has been sentenced to life in prison for waving a separatist flag in front of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the nation's president. The incident was a major embarrassment to the president as he was attending a government ceremony in Maluku in June last year.

Posted in General @ 04 April 2008 16:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Indonesia; a country without Playboy and porn In between breakfast and lunch yesterday, Indonesian lawmakers gave their support for a law that is officially named 'Electronic Information and Transaction Law'. This indirect anti-porn legislation will be effective two days from now. Because of the quick pace this new monster against (press-)freedom was pushed ahead, there is little attention for it in mainstream Indonesian media. It almost looks like something that happens every day here, but it is completely absurd that a law that has been approved yesterday will become active in a matter of days, especially a law that has as many implications as this one. In theory that is.

Posted in General @ 28 March 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Bali police taking bribe gets unwanted international attention As reported on Balidiscovery.com, a Balinese policeman recently was the object of unwanted international attention when he was caught receiving a bribe from two Canadian tourists in Bali who surreptitiously recorded the encounter on video.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2007 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court rejects Bali nine death penalty challenge The Constitutional Court in Indonesia has rejected a challenge to the death penalty which was brought by three members of the so-called 'Bali Nine', who are on death row. Convicted drug trafficker Scott Rush and the ringleaders of the Bali Nine, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were the initiators. The Constitutional Court rejected the challenge to the death penalty in Indonesia saying that the ultimate punishment is according to the Indonesian law.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 October 2007 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plonco, Ospek, Hazing The death of IPDN student Cliff Muntu is not surprising. In Indonesia, seniority is very much embedded into local education culture. I began to sense this when I enter junior high school, and as I moved up onto higher education in Indonesia, the sense of seniority is felt even more.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christians face up to 20 years for killings Prosecutors in Indonesia have asked for 15 to 20 year jail sentences for 17 Christians charged under anti-terror laws of the murder on two Muslims by an angry mob which presented itself after the execution of three Christian militants last year. The 17 were part of a gang that allegedly killed a Muslim fishmonger and his assistant in the region of Poso in Central Sulawesi. This area is a Christian pocket in the predominantly Muslim Indonesia.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 22 June 2007 10:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine get death penalty for producing ecstasy in Indonesia Indonesia's Supreme Court sentenced nine men, including Chinese, French and Dutch nationals, to death Tuesday for producing millions of pills of the illegal recreational drug Ecstasy. The punishment for the foreigners was harsher than that rendered by a lower court last year which had ordered the execution of just the two alleged Indonesian ringleaders.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 May 2007 09:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh 'hand-severance' ordinance still being processed The provincial administration of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) is still processing a draft ordinance (Qanun) on theft - this particular one is popularly known as the 'hand-severance qanun'. In order to make it more acceptable from the human rights point of view, the provincial sharia official said. "The draft hand-severance qanun is now still in the making. We are also waiting for more inputs from the public on its substance," Al Yasa Abubakar, head of the provincial administration's Islamic Sharia Service, said on Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 25 March 2007 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


'No abolishment of capital punishment for drug offenses' The government strongly rejects any proposals to abolish capital punishment for drug offenses on the ground of respect for human rights as all forms of criminal actions are in fact violations of these rights, as was said by Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh. Saleh said this at the session of the Constitutional Court in Jakarta to hear several of the cases of drug offenders sentenced to death who had filed requests for a review of articles mandating the death sentence.

Posted in Human rights @ 16 March 2007 18:04 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


Draft law calls for amputation of thieves' hands in Aceh Thieves could have their hands amputated in Indonesia's Aceh province under a proposed Islamic law that may alarm rights activists and Western governments. The draft law was published Tuesday in an advertisement in Aceh's Serambi newspaper that was paid for by the agency responsible for implementing Islamic Shariah law in the tsunami-ravaged province, which only recently emerged from decades of civil war.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian court convicts 7 Papuans for killing Americans An Indonesian court on Tuesday convicted seven men of leading an armed ambush that killed two American school teachers in remote Papua province four years ago, and sentenced the alleged ringleader to life imprisonment. Chief Judge Andriani Nurdin of the Central Jakarta District Court said defendant Antonius Wamang had 'committed a gross violation of human rights for attacking civilians' and deserved harsher punishment than the 20-year sentence asked by prosecutors, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 November 2006 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilot acquitted in activist murder The Supreme Court of Indonesia has acquitted the only person convicted in the murder of leading Indonesian human rights activist in 2004, the Antara news agency reported Wednesday. A Supreme Court spokesman said he had not seen the ruling and could not immediately confirm the report. The court does not have a set system for announcing decisions to the public.

Posted in Human rights @ 05 October 2006 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia bars medical workers from performing female circumcision Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has barred doctors and nurses from performing female circumcisions, a Health Ministry spokesman said Wednesday. The prohibition against the practice ó also known as female genital mutilation or cutting ó came in the form of a notice sent to doctors and nurses in April, said Soemardi, who goes by a single name. There is no punishment for those who ignore it, he said.

Posted in General @ 05 October 2006 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smog in Jambi province uncontrollable Jambi deputy governor Antony Zeidra Abidin held an impromptu meeting Sunday with a number of head of agencies and related authorities under his administration to deal with the increasingly thickening fog over Jambi, caused by forest and oil palm plantation fire. Antony, in charge of the Jambi province forest fire control and eradication team, held the emergency meeting after inspecting the fire raging in the oil palm estates in Arang-Arang on Saturday, according to a report by the Indonesian news agency, Antara.

Posted in Forest fires @ 02 October 2006 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calmer after Indonesia executions Conditions were calmer and under control after Indonesian government deployed thousands of security forces to guard public areas Saturday in Central Sulawesi province. Angry mobs had rioted Friday in Christian areas of Indonesia after the government carried out early-morning executions of three Christian men convicted of massacring Muslims during sectarian violence six years ago.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 September 2006 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security crackdown ahead of execution of christian militants Indonesian officials said Wednesday they had deployed thousands of police on Sulawesi island ahead of this week's planned executions of three Christian men found guilty of leading deadly attacks on Muslims six years ago. Amid complaints that the men did not receive a fair trial, a top Christian leader urged his community not to resort to violence and to pray that the president would grant them a last-minute reprieve.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 September 2006 10:25 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


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


ICG: Women, the poor singled out by Aceh sharia enforcers Women and the poor are experiencing unfair treatment due to overzealous enforcement of sharia bylaws in Nanggroe Aceh Darusssalam, an influential think tank said. The Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report made available to The Jakarta Post on Monday that haphazardly recruited, poorly disciplined and inadequately supervised sharia police were practicing a form of moral vigilantism that singled out women and the poor.

Posted in Religion @ 02 August 2006 10:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two caned for adultery in Aceh Two people in Indonesia's province of Aceh have been caned for adultery under Islamic sharia law. The punishment was handed down to a 23-year-old widow and a 35-year-old married man, according to Tengku Marnus Labsyar, Head of the South Aceh Sharia's office.

Posted in Religion @ 31 July 2006 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS wants women-only cars in railway law The Muslim-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has proposed that the railway law require every train provide a women-only car to prevent sexual harassment of female passengers. A member of the special committee on the railway law from the PKS faction, Abdul Hakim, said Friday that the measure was needed because of the "inhumane conditions" of most train cars, especially in the greater Jakarta area.

Posted in General @ 16 July 2006 15:42 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


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

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


Malls main target of smoking ban check It's getting down to the wire for owners of buildings that house cafes and restaurants to install exhaust fans and post no-smoking signs. On Thursday, the city administration will deploy a task force to enforce sanctions against smoking-ban violators. The main targets of Thursday's raid are 14 buildings in five municipalities, most of which are malls.

Posted in General @ 05 April 2006 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey shows prevalent conservatism Islamic conservatism is a growing force to be reckoned with across the country, with research indicating about 40 percent of citizens would support the replacement of state laws with sharia and one in 10 consider suicide bombings justified in some circumstances. A survey conducted in late January by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) found 40 percent of respondents approved of adulterers being stoned to death, 34 percent did not want to see another female president and 40 percent accepted polygamy.

Posted in Religion @ 17 March 2006 07:29 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


Former Indonesia religion minister jailed in graft case A former Indonesian minister of religion was sentenced to five years in jail on Tuesday over a funds scandal involving the Haj pilgrimage, one of a number of cases underscoring the president's war on corruption. The Central Jakarta District Court found Said Agil Munawar, religious affairs minister from 1999-2004, guilty of involvement in the scandal, which focussed on some 700 billion rupiah (43 million pounds) in surplus funds from the government Haj programme to Saudi Arabia.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2006 18:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia curbs live foreign news Indonesia is to begin enforcing a law that bans local broadcasters from relaying live news provided by foreign stations. The ban will affect programmes from the BBC and Voice of America (VOA), the communications minister said on Monday. Local media organisations protested against the law as an attack on press freedom when it was passed last year.

Posted in Media @ 30 January 2006 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


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

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


Three officers charged with buying stolen car The Jakarta Police announced on Wednesday there was sufficient evidence to charge three police officers with receiving a stolen vehicle. West Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Safaruddin said Chief Brig. Samsi from the Semanan Police station in Tangerang and Chief Brig. Budi Utomo and Adj. First Insp. Endang from the Lebak Police precinct, also in Tangerang, had been detained since Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 November 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Policeman fired after FPI raid A middle-ranking police officer here was removed from his post on Wednesday, a day after FPI (Muslim hard-liners) raided at least two local restaurants and destroyed hundreds of bottles of alcoholic beverages. The dismissal of Adj. Comr. Zaenal Arifin was for his failure to prevent the Muslim extremists from taking the law into their own hands, said a top Surakarta police officer. Zaenal is believed to be the first police officer in the country to receive such stiff punishment for failing to prevent an attack of this type during Ramadhan.

Posted in Ramadan @ 20 October 2005 07:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


Indonesia embassy bomber gets death An Indonesian has been sentenced to death for helping to plan and carry out last year's bombing at the Australian embassy in Jakarta - the harshest penalty yet for the attack that killed 10 people. Iwan Darmawan, 30, said he would appeal Tuesday's verdict, which was the latest in a series of tough sentences against those found guilty of terrorist attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 September 2005 17:59 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


Corby urges judges to free her With her voice breaking, Schapelle Corby has made a last-ditch plea to three Indonesian judges to let her go free, claiming she was an innocent victim who had been punished enough.Before a packed Denpasar court decorated by her family and friends with yellow freedom ribbons, Corby denied any involvement with drugs and said her only crime had been to leave her luggage unlocked.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


KPK publishes wealth of five ministers Coordinating Minister for the Economy Aburizal Bakrie has declared assets worth a whopping Rp 1.19 trillion (US$132 million), making him perhaps the richest serving state official. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) published on Friday the wealth reports of Aburizal and four fellow ministers, out of 25 Cabinet ministers who had declared their assets to the antigraft body.

Posted in General @ 16 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ex-general sworn in as president Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been sworn in as Indonesia's sixth president after sweeping to power by vowing faster job growth, a war on corruption and tough punishment for terrorists. A solemn-looking Yudhoyono took the oath of office on Wednesday inside a cavernous hall at parliament in front of the very legislators many expect will challenge the big popular mandate he won in Indonesia's first direct presidential election last month.

Posted in Elections @ 20 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta intelligence chief says terror laws too weak Indonesia's anti-terrorism laws are too weak to allow security agencies to catch suspects before they carry out acts such as Thursday's car bombing outside the Australian embassy, Jakarta's intelligence chief said. Hendropriyono, who has long sought tougher laws to catch operators within militant Islamic groups such as the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah, said punishments meted out to those convicted of terror acts were not enough of a deterrent.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Corruptors should be given the death sentence' Drug abuse among Indonesian youth has become a cause of major concern, with studies revealing that many started to use drugs in their early teens. Amid the debate on the application of the death penalty to drug dealers and traffickers, The Jakarta Post asked some residents why they support capital punishment. Abdul Rivai, 54, is a civil servant in the Ministry of Social Affairs. He lives in Cipayung, East Jakarta, with his wife and two children:

Posted in Crime @ 10 August 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's shameful export It is not something any government likes to make public, but the figures say it all: Indonesia is one of the world's largest exporters of sex workers, mainly children. The Unicef says as many as 70,000 Indonesian children have been sold across the country's borders as sex commodities. They are employed in countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Similarly, nearly half of the 400,000 estimated sex workers in Indonesia are children under 18 years old.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto says political opponents behind arrest warrant Indonesian's ex-military chief Wiranto has formally announced his presidential candidacy whilst dismissing an arrest warrant issued against him by an East Timor judge as "character assassination." "There are several pieces of information that are behind these charges, there clearly is an involvement of political activities in this country," Wiranto told reporters.

Posted in Elections @ 12 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt mulls death penalty for illegal loggers Illegal loggers and corrupt officials who help them plunder vast tracts of virgin tropical forests may face the death penalty under a presidential decree to be issued next month, a senior an official said Monday. "These illegal loggers are environmental terrorists. They steal millions of dollars worth of revenue and destroy the environment," said Fachrir Fathoni, a senior official at the nature conservation directorate at the Forestry Ministry. "We are seriously considering the death penalty. We want to get the big players," he said.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to ban kissing in public Travellers caught kissing in public in Indonesia could face five years in jail. A new anti-pornography bill proposes a ban on "kissing on the mouth in public" and on "public nudity, erotic dances and sex parties". The suggested jail terms for these offences range from three to 10 years. Passionate kissing could carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison or a 250 million rupiah (£16,000) fine. Indecent exposure or watching sex shows would attract a similar punishment.

Posted in Religion @ 13 March 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Two named suspects in train crash The Bogor Police named on Sunday a train driver and a passenger as suspects in the commuter train collision on Saturday along the Jakarta-Bogor route, in which two commuters were severely injured and at least 44 others suffered minor injuries. The police identified the suspects as Edi Siswanto, 41, the driver of train No. 490, and Darwin, 38, a passenger on train No. 488. Train No. 490 crashed into the back of train No. 488. The two are being held at Bogor Police Headquarters pending further investigation.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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