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KPK investigators pledge to trace Suryadharma Ali`s wealth The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators will trace the wealth of Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali, who was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to haj pilgrimage management, a KPK commissioner said.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 22:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer raises suspicion over Jokowi-Blake meeting A political observer accused US Ambassador Robert O Blake of seeking to implant US influence on Indonesian presidential hopeful Joko Widodo when they met here on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 15 April 2014 19:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali hotel rate war escalates As Bali grows increasing fearful of an escalating price war among the Island’s hotels, rates among hotels within the Nusa Dua Complex (BTDC) are reported to be increasing. Bisnis Bali said that despite declining occupancies, the average room rate among BTDC hotel hit US$152.94 per night.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs officer arrested in large bribe case The finance division of the National Police arrested a customs officer and a Jakarta businessman on Tuesday on suspicion of their involvement in an organized corruption ring to circumvent state audits on imports, police said on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 31 October 2013 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'State loses 2.1 trillion rupiah over e-KTP corruption' The Technology Information Academic Forum said it would be ready to help the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to uncover alleged corruption in the procurement of electronic identity card (e-KTP).

Posted in Corruption @ 02 September 2013 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Retired three star police general Susno Duadji in jail Former chief of police detective retired Comr. Gen. Susno Duadji has been put in jail for corruption and abuse of power after being in hiding for several days.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 May 2013 13:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A military command chief replaced The Indonesian Army Headquarters has replaced Maj. Gen Hardiono Saroso as chief of the Diponegoro Regional Military Command IV following the raid of a prison in Yoyakarta by Army`s Special Forces (Kopassus) members recently.

Posted in Military @ 06 April 2013 16:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


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

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


Fire destroys central market in Bangli The Kidul Market in Bangli, northwest Bali, was heavily damaged by fire on Monday, September 9, 2012. The fire, which started at 2:30 pm, destroyed 104 shops, threatening both the livelihoods of the shop owners and the distribution network that drives a large part of the Bangli economy.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 September 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police find explosives during Depok house raid Personnel from anti-terror police force and Jakarta police office found stocks of explosives while raiding a house in Bojong Gede, Depok district, West Java, on Monday morning.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2012 00:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police should be careful in deciding causes of Depok explosion Chief Political, Legal and Security Minister Djoko Suyanto called on police to be careful in deciding the causes of an explosion in Jalan Nusantara, Beji, North Depok, West Java on Saturday night (Sept. 8)

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2012 11:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK begins investigation of evidence of driving simulator case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) began investigation on Tuesday of goods held as evidence of alleged corruption in the procurement of police`s driving simulators.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 August 2012 21:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace Indonesia urged to be transparent Greenpeace Indonesia has been urged to open up or tell about its management of funds it has received from the public or donors. "Greenpeace Indonesia must be open and explain transparently to the people about the funds because they are collected from the public," the chairman of the Special Committee on Social Organizations Bill, Abdul Malik Haramain, said here on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 11 June 2012 16:28 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


Govt urged to be firm on workers' deaths in Malaysia Chairman of the Confederation of All Indonesian Labor Unions (KSPSI) Yorrys Raweyai has called on the government to take a firm stand on the shooting incidents that led to the death of three Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia.

Posted in Crime @ 01 May 2012 09:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expat hotel owner jailed in Singaraja NusaBali reports that the expatriate owner of the Hotel Melka in Singaraja, Karl Gunther Meyer (52), is being held in the Singaraja prison in under suspicion of fraud or embezzlement involving billions of rupiahs allegedly taken from a business associate.

Posted in Crime @ 28 February 2012 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six months jail for alleged theft of 20,000 rupiah A former cashier of the Ramayana Robinson department store, arraigned in court on the charge of stealing Rp20,000 (about US$2.5), heard the prosecution demand a six-month jail sentence for her.

Posted in Crime @ 29 December 2011 14:58 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


Two children dead of H5N1 bird flu on Bali The brother and sister, aged 10 and 5, admitted to Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital and diagnosed as infected with the H5N1 (Avian Flu) virus on Friday, October 7, 2011, have died.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 October 2011 14:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead in Klungkung clash over temple ground More than forty are reported injured, seven are in police custody and one dead after clashes broke out on Saturday, September 17, 2001, between the villagers of Kemoning and Budaga in Klungkung regency, northeast Bali.

Posted in Violence @ 21 September 2011 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian soldiers charged with torture after killing civilian Three Indonesian soldiers were indicted for killing a civilian in the province of Papua, which made international headlines after a torture video was made available on the Internet and showed the soldiers' brutality, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 21 July 2011 16:16 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 Bali’s 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


36 illegal Afghans arrested on Madura The regional police of Pamekasan on the island of Madura has arrested a total of 36 illegal Afghan immigrants. All of them were adult males, most of which have not yet been identified. The people were arrested in a house belonging to a villager of Tlonto Ares after neighbors informed the police about their whereabouts.

Posted in Crime @ 20 June 2011 09:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Family blames Indonesian police for son's death The family of a man who reportedly died after hanging himself in police detention said Friday Indonesian officers were involved in the incident. The Jakarta Globe reported that Susanto, 19, died after attempting to hang himself in his cell on Monday evening. He was taken to the Luwuk Hospital, but he died after arrival.

Posted in Crime @ 23 April 2011 03:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More tremors measured in Mount Bromo volcano De Mount Bromo volcano in East Java province has shown increased activity again. In the last 24 hours, the volcano produced a total of 69 tremors. Between midnight and 06:00 local time this morning, 26 tremors were recorded. The amplitude of the tremors is still limited to five millimeters however.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 November 2010 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


How to protect your ATM account? In the wake of a massive abuse of ATM cards belonging to Indonesian bank accounts, banks have warned people to be careful with their bank card and details in the first place. The steps taken below should prevent most of the so-called skimming from occurring.

Posted in Crime @ 26 January 2010 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Japanese woman killed in Bali A 41-year old woman from Japan was found dead in the house she rented in the resort town of Kuta on the popular holiday island of Bali. Hiromi Shimada was found naked with her legs tied together. She had multiple stab wounds according to Gede Sugianyar, a spokesperson for the police on the island of Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Big money is the 'boss' in Bali NusaBali carries the story that the closure of at least four entertainment and accommodation venues by the Badung regency's enforcement agency (Satpol PP) is being criticized as an example of "selective enforcement of the rules." The four closed businesses in the Kuta area - The Wave, Holiday Colada, Wild Catz and Sara Residence are threatening to re-open unless the rules are enforced in a more even-handed fashion.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 October 2009 13:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Five years on, Indonesia better prepared for catastrophes The devastating tsunami which hit Indonesia so hard in December 2004 had two positive effects: it pushed the population to reflect and improve its mechanisms for managing catastrophes, and in the country's Aceh province it led to the end of a conflict which had lasted 70 years.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 August 2009 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian eyed as possible suspect in twin bombings International suspicion focused Friday on a Malaysian accountant-turned-bombmaker as the instigator of a pair of blasts at Western hotels in Jakarta that may have signaled the re-emergence of deadly attacks by Southeast Asian groups affiliated with Al Qaeda, according to counterterrorism officials and analysts.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 July 2009 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beaten up in Egypt, Indonesia look at yourself! Yesterday messages appeared about four Indonesian students - students for life most likely, they were there for over six years already and still not finished - being arrested, brought to prison and beaten up heavily on the suspicion that they were members of a terrorist cell. For your information, it all happened in Egypt, not in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 05 July 2009 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need money? Ask the army to help you out! The Indonesian army is known for it's.. well, known for it's what actually? Every once in a while they are in the news because of a brawl with members of the police force (until a few years back they were still one, but now they have to split their income with them) and furthermore helicopters and planes regularly crash across Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 25 June 2009 07:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schoolgirl allegedly raped and killed by own uncle Ramian Juntak (53) was crying when she told about the suspicion she had that her youngest child was raped and murdered by her uncle. The mother of the child told that Hastuti Sinambela (16) was housed at the address of the uncle in Pekanbaru, where she was found dead hanged bu a rope at the end of December 2008. When the parents went to pick up the body, they noticed that the body of their daughter had undergone a struggle before she died.

Posted in Crime @ 23 February 2009 09:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chief of Indonesian central bank arrested on graft charges The anti-corruption commission in Indonesia has finally arrested the country's central bank governor on graft charges, a spokesman for the body said Thursday. The watchdog, which has been investigating Burhanuddin Abdullah since last February over the alleged misappropriation of 100 billion Rupiah in bank funds, said he was taken in for questioning early Thursday and later arrested.

Posted in General @ 11 April 2008 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 2 All of a sudden I got a rush that I would be able to find a bajaj - a terrible orange noise factory on three wheels - driver who was to drive me around through these 'floods', the water was less than 30 centimeters high, so it didn't seem that terrible through my untrained eyes. My girlfriend wanted to join me as well, but not directly because she wanted to see it, but mainly because I had a stupid idea like this once again. Safety was the main reason I guess, however I would be able to save myself here. If water levels would reach high enough which was pretty unlikely given the fact that the sea was less than a kilometer away with a flat landscape - I would be able to swim home as well. That is the worse-case-scenario however, I prefer to stay as dry as possible.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia returns 4 smuggled orangutans to Indonesia Four orangutans, which were most likely abducted from the jungles of Borneo, have been returned to Indonesia on Friday after spending several years in a zoo in Malaysia and a theme park. Two of the great apes, Dodi and Linda, were send to a zoo in the state of Malacca for four years after wildlife officials seized them from another location on the suspicion that they had been smuggled to Malaysia, told Mohamad Nawayai Yasak, the director of Malacca Zoo.

Posted in Environment @ 28 September 2007 14:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freehold land title for foreigners in Bali Foreigners trying to obtain a freehold title on land in Indonesia should note that current law is clear in both its letter and intent: namely, foreigners cannot directly hold freehold title on Indonesian land.

Posted in General @ 12 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


2 suspected bird flu patients hospitalized in Bali Two persons have been admitted to hospital on the Indonesian resort island of Bali over suspected bird flu symptoms, local press said Tuesday, adding fear to an outbreak after the death of a woman earlier this month. A 28-year-old woman who used to work as chicken trader is being treated at the Sanglah Hospital in the Bali capital of Denpasar with pneumonia and other symptoms typical to bird flu, reported leading news website Detikcom.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 August 2007 16:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia suspects ominous H5N1 mutations Officials from Indonesia's avian flu commission said today that the H5N1 avian influenza virus may have mutated in a way that makes it more transmissible from birds to humans, but a World Health Organization (WHO) official said the WHO had seen no evidence of such a change, according to news services.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 07 June 2007 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Global Fund stops assistance; corruption suspected Global Fund, an organization that provides assistance to help deal with AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, stopped it's assistance to Indonesia last March on suspicion of fraud. Firman Lubis, deputy chairman for the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), told that the funds stopped flowing to Indonesia after an audit held by Price Waterhouse Cooper.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 April 2007 09:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fear subsides for ethnic Chinese community It wasn't so long ago that Chinese writing was banned from public places here and Chinese schools and newspapers were prohibited. But walk into the former office of Suharto, the retired Indonesian strongman who maintained these laws in an effort to integrate the ethnic Chinese community, and a large decorative poster of Chinese characters greets visitors.

Posted in Culture @ 17 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IAEA chief says Indonesia nuke plant a go The world's top nuclear regulator said Indonesia qualifies for nuclear energy, saying it is open with its plans, especially compared to Iran. Mohammed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in Jakarta the country has complied with nuclear nonproliferation treaty stipulations.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2006 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sri Lanka: 'Weapons for Tigers coming through Indonesia' Sri Lanka has informed the Indonesian authorities of its suspicions that weapons supplied for the Tamil Tigers are being sent illegally through Indonesia. An Indonesian Cabinet Minister told media, “We don't need to get upset. It's only an accusation and they (Sri Lanka) ask us (to cooperate).”

Posted in General @ 29 October 2006 13:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to drop water bombs to douse forest fires Indonesia will drop water bombs and try to induce rain via cloud seeding next week in a bid to douse forest fires blanketing parts of Southeast Asia with choking smoke, officials said on Friday. Welfare Minister Aburizal Bakrie said water bombs, each containing between 1,000 and 3,000 litres, would be dropped from military cargo planes in fire-ravaged areas on Sumatra and Borneo islands.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 August 2006 16:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta calls in bird flu experts amid criticism An international team of experts will this week conduct an urgent study of measures to reduce bird flu in Indonesia, as the country's human death toll continues to rise. Indonesia and Vietnam have the highest number of cases of the deadly H5N1 virus – accounting for 81 of the 123 confirmed human deaths from the virus since 2003 – and the archipelago is soon expected to account for more human cases than anywhere in the world.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 19 June 2006 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


'Sharia-based bylaws violate Constitution' Tangerang is firmly in the spotlight after the issuance of a controversial bylaw to eradicate prostitution in the municipality. It also issued another bylaw that bans liquor. Syafi'i Anwar, executive director of the International Centre for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP), shared his views with Ridwan Max Sijabat >on what is happening in the region.

Posted in Religion @ 04 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Review cooperation with Canberra' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for a review of Indonesia's cooperation with Australia, as a row over Canberra's decision to accept asylum seekers from Papua deepens. 'Relations between Indonesia and Australia are entering a difficult time, full of challenges,' he said yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A religious conflict tamed Despite a flurry of warnings about possible violence over the holidays, residents in this capital of Central Sulawesi Province, thought the bomb blast that ripped through a nearby pork-selling market on New Year's Eve was an earthquake. They were convinced, like so many others in the region, that the communal tensions that erupted into deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians five years ago were a thing of the past. Even after finding out it was a bomb, they condemned it as simply the work of a small group of "terrorists."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A factory of shame Over a long period in a hamlet in Tangerang, Banten, workers have quietly churned out illegal drugs in a factory licensed to produce cables, seemingly without disruption, until fish in a nearby stream died, from red and yellow substances dumped into the water it was surmised.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


5 men detained over beheading of 3 girls released Indonesian police on Saturday released five men, who had been detained on suspicion of involvement in the beheading of three Christian girls in the sectarian conflict-torn Central Sulawesi Province, a local police chief said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 13 November 2005 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Govt steps up wild bird watch against avian flu Indonesia will soon form a joint surveillance team for wild birds after a pigeon was found infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono said on Tuesday. Seven people are known to have contracted bird flu in Indonesia since July, four of whom died. The three survivors have now largely recovered.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 November 2005 18:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 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


Navy apprehends overloaded barge Navy patrol ship KRI Kakap-811 has apprehended a tugboat Putra Taliabu and a barge Nelly 22 for carrying 5,000 cubic meters of white teak wood without the proper documentation, a Navy official said on Saturday. The tugboat and the barge were apprehended -- along with their cargo, captain and crew of 11 -- in Sulawesi waters, near Selayar Strait in South Sulawesi, on Thursday evening and were then taken to the Navy port in Makassar. The case will be submitted to the South Sulawesi Forestry Office for further investigation.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 17 October 2005 18:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 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


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


'At least 63 cases of suspected human bird flu infection' At least 63 people have been infected with or are suspected to have contracted bird flu in Indonesia this year, a health ministry official said. 'For the whole of Indonesia, a total of 63 people have been suspected of infection or diagnosed as infected with bird flu since the first human infection case was found,' said the official.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 September 2005 18:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Gambing eradicated in capital? Don't bet on it From the stream of people entering the house of a togel (illegal lottery) ticket seller in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, on Monday afternoon, it would seem the police drive to eradicate gambling has ended as something less than a success. "We have been back in business for several days now ... Everybody seems thirsty to bet," the owner of the house told The Jakarta Post while taking care of customers in the living room.

Posted in General @ 28 September 2005 08:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Bird flu suspected in 3 deaths in Indonesia Indonesian health officials say they believe three members of one family, living on the outskirts of Jakarta, may have died from bird flu. A one-year-old girl died last Saturday, her 38-year-old father died in hospital on Wednesday and a second daughter, 8, died on Thursday. They all died from a critical form of pneumonia.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 July 2005 10:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


More suspects held over Tentena bombings Police have arrested six more people they believe are involved in the Saturday bombings in Tentena, Central Sulawesi, with suspicions now surfacing that some of the alleged perpetrators were linked to a riot in a neighboring province last year.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 02 June 2005 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Spy agency linked to murder Indonesia’s main intelligence agency has been implicated in the murder of the country’s leading human rights campaigner after an investigation found the main suspect was in contact with an unnamed intelligence official. The finding renewed speculation authorities had a role in the poisoning of Munir Thalib Said, with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono promising to speed up the investigation.

Posted in Politics @ 20 May 2005 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tries to dispel aid corruption charges Indonesia on Tuesday moved to dispel charges that corrupt officials were siphoning off aid earmarked for tsunami-battered Aceh province, as Southeast Asian nations sought to lure back foreign tourists scared off by the disaster. Indonesia’s Health Ministry, meanwhile, significantly changed the way it tallies deaths due to last month’s waves, saying it would only count victims who have been buried and that the missing would retain that status for a full year.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 January 2005 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


Police arrest businessman over haze-linked fires Indonesian police have arrested a businessman for ordering workers to deliberately start fires to clear farm land, contributing to the smoke haze that has blanketed parts of Indonesia and its neighbours, a report said Sunday. Police in the province of Riau, one of the areas usually hardest hit by the annual chocking haze, arrested a man identified only by his initials ADS and the head of a private palm oil firm on Saturday, the Kompas newspaper said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police re-arrest Bashir, clash with supporters Indonesian police arrested Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir as a terror suspect on Friday as he walked out of jail after serving time for lesser charges while his supporters hurled rocks and firebombs at police. Bashir, accused head of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah network, was released on Friday after 18 months in prison for immigration offences but was served with an arrest warrant and detained as he left the jail in central Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clerics say Ambon disaster provoked Religious leaders accused on Tuesday "third parties" of inciting the renewed violence in Ambon, Maluku province, and urged police to take firm action where necessary. Muslim, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist and Confucian leaders from the Indonesian Committee for Religion and Peace said that "provocation" was the best explanation for the violence that had killed over 30 since Sunday. In the past few years people in Maluku have been wary of any signs of the violence that led to thousands being killed since 1999.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 28 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New virus caused dengue outbreak A new virus strain could be responsible for an outbreak of dengue fever in Indonesia that has killed at least 169 people since the start of the year, health officials said Wednesday. "I think it's a new strain. That's why we have asked microbiology experts at universities to conduct research," said Rita Kusriastuti, head of the health ministry's arbovirology section.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 19 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Before he slipped into unconsciousness, six-year-old Kaptan Boonmanuj told his mother, "Mum, my chest feels like it's going to explode." On Jan. 26, after two weeks in a coma, Kaptan died in Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital, becoming Thailand's first victim of avian flu. His parents returned home to the hamlet of Ben Ya Pad, deep in the country's rural western province of Kanchanaburi. Two days had passed since their son's death, and rice farmer Chamnan Boonmanuj and his wife Chongrak sat receiving friends and relatives, the smell of burning incense heavy in the front room of their concrete house. Behind them, Kaptan's body lay in a white coffin. Propped against it was his bicycle, along with a picture of Kaptan wearing his school uniform. Outside, a row of ornate wreaths was placed beside the wall of the house. One was from the Ministry of Public Health.

Posted in Health @ 06 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush hails Indonesia as vital partner in war on terror US President George W Bush has described Indonesia as a vital partner and friend of America during a three-hour lightning stop in Bali. Mr Bush said he appreciated what he called Indonesia's strong support in the war on terror. He also announced he would propose to Congress a six-year programme worth US$157 million to support basic education in Indonesia to aid efforts to build a system that discourages extremism.

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


Jakarta talks tough on Aceh Indonesia has threatened to resume full combat operations in restive Aceh province as fresh clashes between troops and rebels killed four people, putting yet more strain on a shaky peace pact. The security minister said the military chief would present a battle plan to the president next week -- in case it should be needed -- after what he said was a snub from the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to talk about the December 9 peace agreement.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Genie circumcised baby in Tasikmalaya A mother has claimed that a genie circumcised her 10-month-old son while she was cooking breakfast, the Indonesian state news agency Antara reported Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 20 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Police foil a second bombing A second terrorist attack by the Bali bombers has been prevented by Australian and Indonesian police. Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said a Jemaah Islamiyah plot to bomb a target in Indonesia late last year was uncovered by police from both countries during interviews with Bali bomb suspects Imam Samudra and Ali Imron.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 February 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nuclear power station to be build by 2015 Indonesia could build its first nuclear power station by 2015 to meet the energy needs of its growing population, the research and technology minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday. "We have to develop nuclear power," said M. Hatta Rajasa, state news agency Antara reported. "We have the ability to do so." Rajasa's ambitious plan comes at a time of serious security and economic problems for the the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 07 January 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trial opens in death of Indonesia activist Seven Indonesian special forces soldiers went on trial before a military court on Friday on charges of killing of an independence leader in Papua, Theys Eluay, in 2001. If found guilty, the seven could face up to 15 years in jail. The defendants include Lt. Col. Hartomo, the highest ranking solider on trial in the case. The other defendants were Chief Pvt. Ahmad Zulfahmi, Capt. Rionardo, Chief Sgt. Asrizal, 1st Lt. Agus Supriyanto, Maj. Doni Hutabarat and 1st Sgt. Laorensius.

Posted in Crime @ 03 January 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Briton faces death centence in Bali A Briton is facing a possible death sentence in Indonesia after being caught with more than 8,000 Ecstasy tablets. Steve Turner, 47, from London, was arrested after officers in Bali seized the island's biggest ever haul of the drug. Police chief Major General Budi Setyawan said the pills were sent to Bali by post from London, and he claimed Turner might be part of a larger South East Asian drug ring.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Journalist tried for visa misuse A German journalist of Arab descent went on trial in Indonesia on Thursday, charged with violating his tourist visa status by working as a freelance cameraman in regions hit by religious violence. Seyam Reda, 42, was arrested in September on suspicions that he was linked to the al Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden but police later said they could find no such evidence.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In the aftermath of the 12 October bombing in Bali, Indonesians are convinced they have terrorists in their midst. They're just not sure who they are. Absurd, as it may seem, if talk shows and media commentaries are any indication, the most likely candidates in most Indonesians' minds are the U.S. government and the Indonesian army. Al-Qaeda is a distant third. Only these three, the thinking goes, have the expertise, the contacts, and the motivation to carry out an attack on the scale of the Bali attack.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 October 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian cleric taken from hospital amid clash Indonesian police removed a militant Muslim cleric suspected of regional terror links from his hospital bed in central Java on Monday as his supporters and security forces clashed outside. A police spokesman said Abu Bakar Bashir would be flown straight to Jakarta, where he faces questioning over several extremist acts in Indonesia, although not the October 12 bomb blasts on the resort island of Bali.

Posted in Violence @ 28 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police to release bomber sketches Police investigating the nightclub bombing that killed almost 200 people on the resort island of Bali were today working on sketches of possible suspects. And they confirmed that the attack bore the hallmarks of Jemaah Islamiyah, the Muslim militant group accused of ties to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 October 2002 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Defence minister blames al-Qaida for Bali bombing Indonesia's defense minister blamed al-Qaida and its extremist allies for the massive bomb attack that killed more than 180 people at a nightclub on the resort island of Bali. "We are sure al-Qaida is here," Matori Abdul Djalil said after a Cabinet meeting in Jakarta. "The Bali bomb blast is related to al-Qaida with the cooperation of local terrorists."

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 October 2002 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US urges Americans to leave Indonesia The US State Department has urged all US citizens in Indonesia to leave the country and ordered the departure of non-emergency US government personnel from there. The department also warned US citizens to defer travel to Indonesia. "The bombing of a nightclub and another in the vicinity of our consular agency in Bali, Indonesia, along with the current security situation within Indonesia puts US citizens and US interests at risk," said a travel warning issued by the department.

Posted in General @ 14 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali exodus beginning Foreigners are waiting anxiously at Bali international airport for a flight home as a potentially devastating exodus began building up following the horrendous bomb attack on two bars packed with tourists, many of them Australian. Italian tourist Simone Tedeschi said he was at the Sari Club on Bali's famous tourist drag in Kuta last night when the huge car bomb went off, killing at least 182 people.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A huge car bomb ripped through two bars packed with foreign tourists on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, killing at least 182 people in an attack blamed on terrorists. The explosion late on Saturday destroyed the bars in the tourist district of Kuta and triggered an intense blaze which burned for hours as rescuers struggled to ferry hundreds of injured people to hospital.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 October 2002 00:00 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


Three years ago, Kadir Faizal commanded great respect on the waterfront. Nobody cared that the Muslim leader of the longshoreman's union was married to a Christian and lived in her neighborhood. But now, Faizal is an infidel in the eyes of his Muslim colleagues at the harbor.

Posted in Religion @ 05 February 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The terrorist attacks in the United States last week has provided a new dimension to the political relationship between the West, particularly the U.S., and the signs of a reemergence of global political Islam in the post-Cold War era. This era has enabled the emergence of culture and religion as a new mainstream in global interactions. Religion is even seen to pose a serious threat to international relations. The revival of political Islam has become a significant ideological force in the third world, particularly in the Muslim world.

Posted in Politics @ 22 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The deadly Christmas and New Year bombings in Indonesia and Manila, which killed 40 people and left hundreds injured, have Indonesians and Filipinos puzzled. Is radical Islam, they wonder, entering a dangerous new phase in Southeast Asia? Or is Islamic militancy, as police investigators and analysts now seem convinced, merely a convenient cover for politically powerful rivals bent on using terror campaigns in their struggle for supremacy?

Posted in Politics @ 25 January 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo warns of more bombing attacks Coordinating Minister for Political, Social and Security Affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono warned here on Monday that bomb attacks on places of worships in the country would continue in the next few days. "Intelligence information which has been obtained by the police said that there are still efforts to launch similar actions in other houses of worship," Susilo told a snap press briefing at his office.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2000 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A visit to a shopping mall always has the potential to become ugly for "Bill" and his wife, "Sita". There are the stares, the double-takes and, frequently, the hurtful comments, spoken in a stage whisper so the American and his younger Indonesian wife will be sure to hear.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. warship, USS O'brien told to leave RI waters U.S. Spurance Class type destroyer USS O'brein was told to leave Maluku waters by Indonesia's Rencong and Pandrong naval ships as its arrival raised suspicion. The warship was reportedly armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles. Commander of the Indonesian Navy Eastern Fleet, Rear Adm. Djoko Sumaryono, told Antara on Thursday that the warship was spotted in Indonesian territory between the Seram Sea and the Buru Sea on Saturday without notification of its purpose.

Posted in Politics @ 26 October 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. Embassy denies espionage The United States Embassy is denying claims made by Indonesian Defense Minister Mahfud MD that an American "infiltrator" apprehended in Irian Jaya conducted espionage, and warned that the treatment of the American "tourist" will force other prospective visitors to reconsider travel plans here. The Embassy in a statement here on Monday said it was "dismayed and perplexed" by Mahfud's false charges while describing the American as a "tourist". It also denied that U.S. Ambassador Robert Gelbard intervened in demanding the transfer of the American.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shift blame for Glodok raid Top police officers blamed each other on Sunday for the botched raid on sellers of illegal Video Compact Discs (VCDs) in Glodok on Saturday which triggered widespread rioting in the West Jakarta commercial district. "The National Police Headquarters did not inform the city police about the planned VCD raid. Our operational and control forces were taken by surprise, when they heard about the raid," Jakarta Police chief Maj. Gen. Nurfaizi said after a coordination meeting with the capital's five precinct chiefs at city police headquarters.

Posted in Violence @ 15 May 2000 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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